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After years of planning, 2017 may be seen as the year Peña Station NEXT, Denver's 400-acre, airport-adjacent smart city collaboration, emerges from the concept stage. Driverless electric shuttles made by French company Easymile are expected to begin running sometime in the first quarter of 2017.

Next Century Cities just gave Raleigh, Austin and Louisville $30,000 and will provide technical assistance to get their innovative, repeatable projects off the ground. Three cities will spend the next year leveraging high-speed broadband on civic engagement projects, aided by a $30,000 grant each and technical assistance from Next Century Cities.

If you live in the Philadelphia area and work in a newly constructed or recently renovated office space, chances are your place of employment is located in a burgeoning neighborhood on the west side of the city, called University City.

AEC firms that do government work say their public-sector clients have been going smaller to save money on construction projects. Last December, the GSA issued an RFP for the FBI's new headquarters, which, at 2.1 million sf, would be 300,000 sf smaller than the FBI's current digs at the J.

New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman in Zaatari, which is home to thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan Next week, New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman will moderate the Times' Cities for Tomorrow conference. The event (Next City is a media partner) will feature urban experts from across the country in conversation about the future of cities.

CoreFirst LLC, a producer of seismic retrofit systems for commercial and institutional buildings, has partnered with Vancouver, B.C.-based Weir-Jones Engineering Consultants to commercialize Weir-Jones' ShakeAlarm earthquake early warning system (EEWS) in the U.S. The first U.S. installation of ShakeAlarm was recently completed at the Radiator Building, a 36,000-sf, five-story, wood-framed office building located in a densely populated neighborhood in North Portland, Ore.

Mixed use properties around the world are evolving to address demographic and social trends, meet consumer demands, support the goals of local communities, and address the financial and return requirements of their investors. Examine cutting edge trends and synergies in concept and design, product mix, and project economics that are informing successful projects today.

This month, Guerdon Modular Buildings, a leading manufacturer of modular housing for the western U.S. and Canada, will start factory construction of modules for Eviva Midtown, a six-story apartment building in downtown Sacramento, Calif., that will have 118 condominium-style one- and two -bedroom rental units, ranging from 700 to 1,200 sf.

Urban waterfronts have historically been the center of activity for many cities. They began as economic, transportation and manufacturing hubs, but as most industries changed their shipping patterns and consolidated port facilities, many industrial waterfronts became obsolete. In Europe, smaller historic ports were easily converted to be reused for leisure activities.

A waste-powered electricity generator for homes and a system designed to optimise energy usage of large buildings have won the second round of Canary Wharf's smart city challenge. The technologies developed by UK start-ups SEaB and Demand Logic, have been among twelve competitors in the Integrated Resource Management and Automated Building Management streams of the Cognicity Challenge, organised by ENTIQ on behalf of the Canary Wharf Group.

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