The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) considers smart city as "the one that puts people at the center of development, incorporates Information and Communication Technologies in urban management and uses these elements as tools to stimulate the elaboration of an efficient government which includes collaborative planning processes and citizen participation. By promoting … [Read more...] about Urban data in Novo Hamburgo: five advantages of a smart city
A smart city puts people at the center of development, incorporates information and communication technologies into urban management and uses these elements as tools to stimulate the design of a government that includes collaborative planning and citizen participation. By promoting integrated and sustainable development, smart cities become more innovative, competitive, attractive and resilient, thus improving lives. Learn more by reading our blog and downloading this publication.
Many cities in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) face the challenge of rapid informal urban growth, which prevents them from providing basic services to their citizens and have a sustainable urban development. Today, drones, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) provide key information for cities to better understand informal growth patterns and improve … [Read more...] about Monitoring informal settlement growth in Manaus, Brazil with drones
In the 1960s, Jane Jacobs conducted an investigation into the reasons why several neighborhoods, especially in the center of cities in the United States, were in decline. Which led her to write one of the most influential books on the human approach to urban planning. In this publication, the author emphasized the importance of promoting adequate and dynamic (or interesting) … [Read more...] about Building adequate streets and public spaces in the central area of Campo Grande, Brazil
Growing urban populations in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) cities put an enormous pressure on transport systems, especially in sprawling cities with increasingly far-flung residents. In this context it is essential to facilitate the design of public infrastructure in an efficient and participatory way. Community mapping of urban infrastructure can play a central role. In … [Read more...] about DATUM: a resource center for participatory urban transit mapping — The case of Santiago de los Caballeros
City planners often lack updated digital maps of existing buildings and structures. The Building Detection Model can automatically generate a basic map of buildings from satellite images. It uses semantic segmentation, which is the process of assigning each pixel in an image into a category; in this case, the categories are ‘building’ or ‘not building’. This allows planners to … [Read more...] about Urban machine learning model: automatic classification of buildings and structures