Ana reached Hurricane strength

Tropical storm Ana reached now hurricane strength and is currently categorized as a Category 1 Hurricane. The tropical storm watch is now expanded to include all Hawaiian islands. The Department of Emergency Management also advises O’ahu residents that the following American Red Cross shelters will be available for Hurricane Ana. The shelters listed below will open … Continue Reading »

A Visionary $100 Million Gift

Today the University of Hawai’i foundation and the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa got a generous gift from Jay Shidler, a former student and now a real estate investor and founder of the Shidler Group. In 2006, Shidler donated $25 million to the College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i … Continue Reading »

Are You an Influential Tweeter? Emergency Network Might Connect

Today I found a post from Alexander Nguyen in the Times of San Diego. It seems to be an interesting approach. So if you are an influential tweeter based in San Diego, you might consider joining the network Official emergency messages from the county of San Diego in the future might be spread by the region’s most … Continue Reading »

Fact sheets on disaster related topics

Here are some useful fact sheets from the Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency: HI-EMA Fact Sheet No. 1 – Should I shelter-in-place or go to a hurricane evacuation shelter? HI-EMA Fact Sheet No. 2 – What should I do in an emergency if my kids are at school or daycare? HI-EMA Fact Sheet No. 3 – What should I … Continue Reading »

Hurricane Ana is coming…

After working in the field of (urban) disaster response (at Fraunhofer-Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO) for a couple of years, I now have the opportunity to be in a situation I normally just did research about. Normally one should be scared about the situation, but I think about it more as a field research opportunity. … Continue Reading »

Who will win the ridesharing war?

Yesterday (Oct. 2, 2014) I read an interesting article about ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft from Catherine Rampell and who benefits from them. Her argument is that Unlike drivers or urban planners, Uber and Lyft have no incentive to limit the number of cars on the road; quite the opposite, since the companies don’t bear the … Continue Reading »

Better Growth Better Climate

The New Climate Economy published their new report: http://newclimateeconomy.report. There is also a video about the report available. From the report The alternative to unplanned, unstructured urban expansion is a more efficient urban development model, based on managed growth which encourages higher densities, mixed-use neighbourhoods, walkable local environments, and – in Global Megacities and Mature Cities – … Continue Reading »

Finding small villages in big cities

Daily life in cities tends to differ from daily life in small towns, especially by who we interact with. The MIT Senseable City Lab and the Santa Fe Institute studied this social aspect — individuals’ contacts by city size — through anonymized mobile phone logs. As expected, those in cities with greater populations tended to have more … Continue Reading »

Open Data in New York City

After the economic recession at the beginning of the last century, the United States government provided various different services within cities, such as social services. Unfortunately, because of poor management (Desai et al. 2012; Axinn, Stern 2011; Marx 2003; Reid 1995), these services often failed. Therefore, people asked for freedom and independence from these services. … Continue Reading »

Launch of Morgenstadt City Challenge

  International competition: Open to all municipalities aiming to improve their sustainability credentials. What makes a town or city fit for the future? Fraunhofer IAO, together with its numerous industry and city partners in the Innovation Network “Morgenstadt: City Insights” has developed an action-oriented model to provide precise answers to this question. Now they’ve launched an … Continue Reading »