Compiled by UPM’s Transport Research Centre (TRANSyT).
Another important measure aims to transform the four districts in the city historic center into a “semi-pedestrianized” zone. Apart from bikes, buses and taxis, only resident´s cars, delivery vehicles and emergency vehicles will be allowed in the area. Other measures intend to double the length of bike lanes in 2020, and to invest in a public electric bicycle system.
The SolarRoad project aimed to incorporate to bike lanes the technology to supply electricity for street lighting and even domestic use. The first bike lane with these features is located in the city of Krommenie, in the north of the country. TNO was the company responsible for carrying out the project, which was completed at the end of 2014. Initial estimates suggest that the bike lanes annually generate 50 kWh per square meter.
Parallel to the previous project, the company Royal HaskoningDHV will connect Arnhem and Nijmegen through a fast bicycle lane. This measure aims to reduce traffic congestion between the two municipalities, providing a fast track for cyclists.
The Belgian city has implemented a bicycle parking area under its central station. The service is free of charge and is available 24 hours a day. Its accesses include stairs suitable for bikes, provided with a side steel rail on one side. The site, located in the heart of the city, is a strategic point where several transport modes converge.
Since last December it is possible to use the electric version of the public bicycle system of Barcelona (Bicing). This new system will be developed in a testing phase until early 2017, when the current concession contract for Bicing ends. This pilot project tries to attract 2,500 more users, relying on 150 electric bikes and 23 new stations. Depending on the obtained results, the council will consider the opportunity to bet on the electric bicycle system, the conventional system, or both simultaneously.
Under the TEDS4BEE project, EMMOS will be implemented in sixteen public buildings together with five clusters (Italy, Spain-Portugal, UK-Ireland, Poland and Serbia).
This variety of partners and buildings will make a very comprehensive set of testing cases empowering replication.All the information related to the project will be available soon on the TEDS4BEE website (www.teds4bee.eu).
The new science of cities stands at a crossroads. It encompasses rather different, or even conflicting, approaches. Future cities place citizens at the core of the innovation process when creating new urban services, through “experience labs”, the development of urban apps or the provision of “open data”. But future cities also describe the modernisation of urban infrastructures and services such as transport, energy, culture, etc., through digital ICT technologies: ultra-fast fixed and mobile networks, the Internet of things, smart grids, data centres, etc. In fact during the last two decades local authorities have invested heavily in new infrastructures and services, for instance putting online more and more public services and trying to create links between -still prevalent- silo approaches with the citizen taking an increasingly centre-stage role. However, so far the results of these investments have not lived up to expectations, and particularly the transformation of the city administration has not been as rapid nor as radical as anticipated. Therefore, it can be said that there is an increasing awareness of the need to deploy new infrastructures to support updated public services and of the need to develop new services able to share information and knowledge within and between organizations and citizens. And above this, there is an urgent need to discuss among practitioners and academicians successful cases and new approaches able to help to build better future cities.
Taking place in Shanghai, the paradigm of challenges for future cities and a crossroad itself between East and West, the International Conference on City Sciences responds to these and other issues by bringing together academics, policy makers, industry analysts, providers and practitioners to present and discuss their findings. A broad range of topics related to infrastructures and services in the framework of city sciences are welcome as subjects for papers, posters and panel sessions:
Additional relevant topics are also welcomed.
Authors of selected papers from the conference will be invited to submit to special issues of international peer-reviewed academic journals.
Abstracts should be about 2 pages (800 to 1000 words) in length and contain the following information:
All abstracts will be subject to blind peer review by at least two reviewers.
Aitor’s Thesis, titled “Estudios preliminares de viabilidad y estado del arte de vehículos eléctricos: aplicación a la motorización eléctrica de un kart” (Feasibility Study and sState of the Art on Electric Vehicles: application to the electric motor of a kart”), addresses the design and construction of a fully operational electric kart, with a gasoline-like performance, but introducing the added value of sustainable mobility.
The developed prototype is a 100% electric kart with a “brushless” DC engine of 5kW nominal power (10kW peak power), and includes an energy regeneration braking system. During the experimental tests, the vehicle achieved a 50 km autonomy with a top speed of 44,5km/h.
The vehiche will be on public display during the fisrt week of December at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería y Diseño Industrial (ETSIDI, C/ Ronda de Valencia 3, Madrid). Further details here.
The Technical University of Madrid (UPM) is promoting a unique and cross-cutting postgraduate program between the schools of engineering and architecture, with the ambition to become an international benchmark. The Master in City Sciences is an advanced program that provides a holistic view on the development of the city.
Nowadays, the city is the first economic and social engine worldwide. It is the object of interest of the most important companies. Traditional university courses have failed to respond to the urgent demand of professionals with a technical and comprehensive vision of the urban phenomenon. Answering this demand, the MCS program integrates disciplines related with planning, energy, sociology, economics and all the new technologies and infrastructures that are the core of the functioning of the city.
Right from the start, students from all nations will be trained in city-related areas both in a theoretical and practical way, in order to achieve a high professional level. MCS is based on real projects that will be approached as case studies.
This transdisciplinary approach has made that important international companies are involved in the MCS faculty, in the preparation of the final master thesis and in the possible subsequent employment.
More info at Master in City Sciences
Date: Friday, October 17, 2014, 9:00am to 4:00pm
Location: RCC, 26 Trowbridge. Cambridge MA 02138
The purpose of this conference is to expose American and Spanish scholars to the research projects they are pursuing in the hopes of identifying common interests and concerns. In the long-term this might lead to collaborative research, perhaps supported by special funds in the EU and the US for international collaboration.
Faculty from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Universidad Complutense, under the umbrella of its Campus of International Excellence Moncloa, will meet faculty from Harvard University and MIT at RCC.
By 2010, more than 50% of the world population lived in cities but this figure is expected to increase to 75 % in 2050. This is on of the main reasons because Urban Research, Urban Science or City Science is becoming an interdisciplinary area where the work of architects, urban planners, engineers, economists, sociologists and many other scholars, science and social specialists is converging to be able to understand the city and the different and interconnected process running inside it.
This joint effort will help to address this complex and multifaceted situation from a holistic view rather than juxtaposed disciplines. Technology, in general, is one of the big facilitators to measure, understand and interact with the city services, internal processes and its citizens in a faster and more efficient way. Therefore, any gathering of faculty and specialists from the technical, basic and social sciences to debate this very broad topic of Urban Research is today a mandatory issue.
RCC‐Harvard will hold a 1‐day workshop with faculty from UPM, UCM (CEI Moncloa), MIT and Harvard University. The goal is to create a unique opportunity to faculty and researches from these institutions to debate their works and research interests in the wide area of Cities.
The workshop on Urban Research will consist of six sessions:
A panel with final conclusions will end the day. In addition, it is expected that the interdisciplinary attendance of the workshop could help to retune the research lines and open new opportunities of collaboration among the 4 universities under the umbrella of RCC.
The initiative “City of the Future” was presented to the public on July 1st at 12:00 pm in the Auditorium of the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (C/ Ramiro de Maeztu 7; 28040 – Madrid).
The act was chaired by Prof. Carlos Conde, Principal of the University. Professor Michael Batty, chairman of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at the University College of London, gave a conference entitled “Smart Cities for the Future”. The presentation of UPM’s initiative “City of the Future” was run by its General Chairman, Prof. Javier Uceda.
Representatives of local governments, academia and leading companies will provide an overview of the main strategies and technological approaches for making more efficient and sustainable cities. The course will seek to become an open forum for discussion and debate space.
For more information, follow this link.