In the radical future, we may not be able to tell the difference between an employee and a customer,” Owyang speculates. “The most successful companies will let the crowd determine products, design, and share them. The crowd is doing most of the work. The only thing that could be left would be the logo.
Thanks to its proximity to the sea, the flat nature of its topography and high levels of precipitation, the Netherlands is a country that is prone to flooding. When rainfall hits cities such as Rotterdam, it can cause closed roads and ruined basements due to the lack of drainage. Aiming to tackle this problem, Watersquare Benthemplein is a public space featuring a sports pitch, theater and greenery that automatically becomes a reservoir for excess water during heavy rain. READ MORE…
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“On Sunday nights, will you dread going back to work on Monday? In three years, will you want to be at the same company? These are all small, but important things. When ‘work doesn’t seem like work,’ quality of life soars.”
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Soil IQ looks to design, data and connectivity to make gardening and farming more sustainable via gigaom
Startup Re:char has spun out a new venture called Soil IQ, which will launch the entrepreneurs’ connected soil sensor gadget, and the new company announced last week that it’s working with designer Yves Behar and his design firmfuseproject to create the device.
Can Urban Planning Help India’s Cities Reduce Sexual Violence?
Urban planners and designers argue that apart from better policing, gender-sensitive city planning and design can help make India’s cities safer for women. Patterns of crime in a city, according to these experts, vary according to its urban design.
One of the most striking components of urban infrastructure in New Delhi is the Ring Road, a massive circular road that circles the city. It passes through several desolate areas of the city and has vast stretches without any traffic lights for miles.
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How to Fund Transit Without Raising Fares or Cutting Service
Eric Jaffe. July 18, 2013
When Mark Aesch became head of the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority, back in 2004, the metro area’s bus system was in terrible shape. The agency carried a $4.5 million deficit and on-time performance was stuck at 76 percent. Officials wanted to approach the problem the way so many other city agencies were handling similar situations at the time: with a fare hike. Aesch said no.
"There was no way in my judgment we could ask the customer to pay more for an underperforming experience," he recalls.
Not only did Aesch keep his pledge not to raise fares, but in 2008 he actually lowered them. By the time he left the position, at the end of 2011, Aesch and his creative approach had transformed Rochester’s bus system into a total winner. Buses drove fewer miles, carried more passengers, and boasted a 91 percent on-time record. The agency accumulated a $35.5 million surplus while decreasing its reliance on taxpayer funding by more than a third.”