New York City is a multicultural melting pot where people from all over the world come live and work together. In some parts of New York, like in Chinatown, the culture of the people who life there is very obvious. You can see, smell, and hear the derivation. The same applies to Little Italy. You can tell … Continue Reading →
As most of us know, New York has a big income gap. We can see the unequal income levels when we travel between the different neighborhoods. If one is an observent traveler on the subway, one can see the different income levels through the station quality and the passengers. The New Yorker has published an interactive infographic based on NYC … Continue Reading →
Jimi Wen, a friend of mine, sent me a link from the Modi Research Group for the following map: The map represents an estimate of the total annual building energy consumption at the block level and at the tax lot level for New York City, and is expressed in kilowatt hours (kWh) per square meter of land area. A mathematical … Continue Reading →
The climate change will be a great challenge for our society. Especially for the economy, the cost of adapting to this change may reach $130 billion a year by 2030. This creates opportunities for a host of investors. As I read on the Freakonomics blog, there was an article in Bloomberg Businessweek that talked about how companies try to … Continue Reading →
Through a post from Nathan Yau I found the newly funded project The City of 7 Billion from the architects Joyce Hsiang and Bimal Mendis who aim to model the world as one city. Every corner of the planet, they argue, is “urban” in some sense, touched by farming that feeds cities, pollution that comes out of them, industrialization that has made urban centers what … Continue Reading →
Last week I finished the first nine interviews for the INKA project. It was so interesting how different the organizations are. Of course the individual organizations have different tasks in a crisis situation, but also a lot of similarities. For example, all organizations base their crisis defense teams on volunteers, but because the responsibilities of the individual organizations … Continue Reading →
The Morgenstadt project started last Monday with the first city excursion. A team of Fraunhofer researchers will investigate best practice examples in different cities around the world to solve the urgent challenges for a sustainable and CO2 efficient future city. Since I have been preparing for the New York City excursion, I found a documentary on ARTE (a German-French TV station) about how New … Continue Reading →
The INKA (Professional integration of volunteers in crisis management and civil protection) project started today with the first workshop. The focus of today was the definition of crisis situations that should be the fundament of further research. The workshop was very productive and gave the involved partners the possibility to meet and talk in a personal way.
These are the cities that will be investigated withhin the Morgenstadt “CityInsights” project.
There wasn’t as much happening here on the website in the last year as I planned, probably because there was a lot going on in life. I got married to my wonderful wife and I gave up my job as the head of health and infection reporting for the State Office for Environment, Health and Consumer Protection in Brandenburg … Continue Reading →