Summer is Here, and Airbnb Is Hot In Europe

If you ask the hotel industry, they’ll tell you that Airbnb is a “crypto-hotel operator”, a big business using social-media and advanced technology to run a professional tourism operation, while helping “hosts” avoid taxes, insurance and other regulations.

Airbnb Listings in Barcelona (April 2015)
In Barcelona, for instance, an Airbnb host called “Pol” lists 13 properties in the Born area, a trendy neighborhood in the old city, with prices ranging from €95 to €185 a night. (Continued on Cities of the Future)

Sidewalk Labs Takes Over NYC Public Free WiFi

Just a couple of weeks after its launch, Sidewalk Labs has made its first investment and acquisition. Google’s new Smart Cities venture announced the purchase of Intersection, a company created by the merger of Control Group and Titan, the key members behind the LinkNYC project.......  Continue reading on Cities of the Future

The Future of Public Space Analytics

Public space is an essential component of any great city. It brings people together to socialize, recreate, and work. More pointedly, it attracts people to the city, builds relationships, and spurs innovation and new ideas that fuel a city’s economic growth. How we optimize the investments made in our streetscapes, plazas, parks, and greenways is important to each individual project’s success and the city as a whole. Are the places being built fulfilling their promise? If so, could they be doing more and if not, how do they need to change?

As budgets get tight and the competition for resources within a city’s budget increases, it becomes even more essential to answer these questions. We need to get the most out of our existing public spaces and when designing those in the future we need to make sure we build upon the successes and don’t repeat past mistakes.  Continue reading on Cities of the Future