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Polisdigitocracy: Digital Technology, Citizen Engagement and Climate Action

Friday, November 20th, 2015
Polisdigitocracy: the building blocks


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Information Technology And Physical Mobility

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Figure 1. Individuals Using the Internet in Developed and Developing Countries (Total and Percentage, 2005–2014)

This study was designed to investigate the impacts on personal mobility that are attributable to people incorporating ICT into their lifestyles. We recognised the need for a holistic approach, drawing on the respective strengths of both qualitative and quantitative methods. We also recognised the need to take into account various contextual factors, such as the affluence of societies, the availability and quality of transport and ICT infrastructures, and attitudinal and cultural factors, which can all play an important part in shaping ICT/ physical mobility relationships.

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A Global High Shift Cycling Scenario

Monday, November 16th, 2015
Bike Share Users on São Paulo’s New Bicycle Infrastructure. With these policies, governments will be able to quickly increase the amount of cycling, walking, and public transport use and achieve the benefits of an HSC scenario.

Cycling plays a major role in personal mobility around the world, but it could play a much bigger role. Given the convenience, health benefits, and affordability of bicycles, they could provide a far greater proportion of urban passenger transportation, helping reduce energy use and CO2 emissions worldwide. This report presents a new look at the future of cycling for urban transportation (rather than recreation), and the potential contribution it could make to mobility as well as sustainability.

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The Decisions We Make Today Will Shape Tomorrow

Monday, October 26th, 2015
Figure 1: Business-as-usual urban contribution to the remaining carbon budget

The world is becoming ever more urban, with 1.5 million people moving into towns and cities every week, all requiring infrastructure like homes, roads, electricity and water supplies. As a result, the approach taken to urban infrastructure construction, renewal and refurbishment will play a substantial role in avoiding or locking in future emissions. For example, hundreds of millions of new homes will either produce large quantities of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through poor energy performance, or avoid emissions through sensible and efficient design.

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Mariposa, AZ: Building a Pedestrian Border Crossing

Monday, October 19th, 2015
Mariposa, AZ: Building a Pedestrian Border Crossing

In an effort to enhance safety at one of the busiest ports of entry in the nation, ADOT is building a new pedestrian underpass on SR 189 (Mariposa Road) that will allow pedestrians to safely travel to and from the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales.

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Ensuring New Infrastructure is Climate-Smart

Thursday, October 8th, 2015
Global investment requirements 2015–2030, US$ trillion, constant 2010 dollars


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Guest on The Infra Blog: Johan Henriksson, Executive Vice President, Skanska Infrastructure Development

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Johan Henriksson was recently appointed Executive Vice President of Skanska Infrastructure Development…In May 2015, Skanska and its LaGuardia Gateway Partners team were selected as the preferred bidder to work with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to redevelop LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal Building. The company is also working on the I-4 Ultimate Project in Orlando, which is currently the largest transportation project underway in Florida, and theElizabeth River Tunnels project underneath the Elizabeth River in Virginia.

“The PPP Structure I think is a very good solution for many projects…it’s about, I think, daring to look outside the box here and trying to look at new potential solutions to solve old problems, and not always using the same old tools that have always been used, the public financing.”

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ASCE: Engineering Resilient Cities

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
ASCE: Engineering Resilient Cities

In “Engineering a Resilient Community,” watch experts discuss what it means to be resilient, why it’s important and how sustainability and resiliency are interconnected.

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Introducing the Center for International Intelligent Transportation Research (CIITR)

Monday, October 5th, 2015
Introducing the Center for International Intelligent Transportation Research (CIITR)

Dr. Rafael Aldrete, Division Head of the Center for International Intelligent Transportation Research Program, explains the mission of his program and a few of the projects they are actively involved in. For more information, visit their website at

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Guest on The Infra Blog: David Raymond, President & CEO, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
David Raymond, President & CEO, American Council of Engineering Companies

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the voice of America’s engineering industry. David A. Raymond has been President of ACEC for the past 16 years, joining the Council in March 1999.

“Americans are very resilient people; they put up with a lot, their country is becoming more of a third-world country, and it’s very unfortunate and I hate to say, the only time Americans are really going to wake up to this is when stuff absolutely disappears…So we need leaders who can point to the areas where we need to make much greater progress and we don’t have those leaders. We need a public that is much better educated about infrastructure and other areas, and we don’t have that.”

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