Vizi Cities

Robin Hawkes and Peter Smart published an pre-alpha version of a 3D city and data visualisation platform that is powered by WebGL on Github. You can find an online demo to try it out. Even though it is in a very early state, it is pretty cool. What does it do? ViziCities aims to combine data visualisation with a 3D representation … Continue Reading »

Esri Enables Federal Agencies To Open GIS Mapping Data To The Public

Esri Allows Federal Agencies To Open GIS Mapping Data To The Public A debate in the technology world that’s been simmering for years, about whether mapping vendor Esri will allow public geographic information systems (GIS) to access government customers’ data, finally has an answer: The mapping software giant will take an unprecedented step, enabling thousands of government … Continue Reading »

Urban adaptation strategies for climate change

As most scientists agrees, the weather will change in the next few decades. We need to expect more extreme weather situations. The result of this expectation should not be a passive anticipation of the things to come, but an active adjustment to the change. Cities that are close to the ocean will especially face a … Continue Reading »

Information Flow During Emergencies

Patrick Meier pointed out a recent paper in the top-tier journal Nature that studies the information flow during emergencies based on cell phone usage and compared them with communication patterns of mobile phone users outside the affected area. Understanding the communication patterns of mobile phone users can help to understand on how situational awareness spreads during a … Continue Reading »

Impressions form the Morgenstadt Kick-Off Meeting in London

I would like to thank everybody who participated in our kick-off meeting in London. It was a great event and we had interesting discussions, but more importantly, we were able to get some projects lined up that we can work on. For all that could not be with us I would like to post some … Continue Reading »

Does the Thames Barrier stop London flooding?

While here in London for the Kick-Off meeting of the Morgenstadt project it seems that another topic I am working on, disaster management, will be a part of my London experience. The authorities set the Red Alert warning around the London metropolitan area. A huge storm has hit the UK, with gusts of over 160 kilometres … Continue Reading »

Kick-Off Meeting Morgenstadt Phase II

Tomorrow we will meet for the Kick-off Event of the second phase of the Fraunhofer Morgenstadt project. For the Keynote speakers, we invited Chris Allen, Co-Founder and CEO of Biomimicry 3.8, Prof. Roehl, head of the Corporate Organization Department at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Graham Colclough who leads Capgemini’s global activities in Cities & Regions, the European … Continue Reading »

Panel discussion “The future of the city”

A few days ago, I had the honor of participating in a panel discussion with Mannheim’s mayor, Dr. Peter Kurz, and Dr. Lisa Küchel, who is responsible for one neighborhood’s management in Stuttgart. With over 200 guests, the event had a big response. The (fish bowl) panel, which was hosted by the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, was moderated … Continue Reading »