Future Smart Reads, 19 August 2012

Our selection of interesting articles from around the world this past week:

HONG KONG: Liv Lewtischnik from Monocle writes about the housing shortage that’s currently affect Hong Kong. She also talks about how important it is to use the city space wisely, writing about the charming micro suburb of Tai Hang within a sea of bulldozers controlled by the men with the most money.

DURBAN: South Africa’s third largest city is taking public transport and movement within the city (and the province) very importantly for the next few years until 2022. It hopes that by then it will provide safe, integrated and environmentally friendly means of travelling within the city. This is probably also a sign for their bid for the Summer Olympics in 2024.

NAMIBIA: The City of Windhoek is working on a sustainable urban transport plan that includes one bicycling lane that will be constructed within the next year as a pilot phase.

GUANGZHOU: Christoper Mims writes about software that imitates the collective behaviour of bacteria that could help create intelligent traffic lights to manage the flow of traffic in the city.

GLOBAL: Five scholars from Carnegie Mellon and the École normale supérieure are researching (with Google Street View) what makes certain city’s architecture distinctive. They are looking at what visual elements when brought together produce a particular urban landscape for cities such as Paris, London, Barcelona, Milan, New Tork and many other. They also have a nice video showcasing their work.

LONDON: There are a range of articles writing about the success of the London Olympics and how its legacy will bring hope for future Olympic events. Our picks are The Observer’s “Olympic legacy: have the Games really given us fresh hope for the future?“, The Guardian’s “London 2012: Olympics success hailed by politicians” and Nigeria’s This Day “Underlining Reasons for London 2012 Success“. An efficient rail system and public support are just some of the winning ingredients writes Olawale Ajimotokan.