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Laura Puttkamer

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Laura is an urban journalist focusing on inspiring solutions stories from all over the world. She has a MSc in Global Urban Development and currently lives in London.

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Smart City Tallinn: City Portrait

Estonia’s capital city Tallinn is one of the most advanced smart cities in the world. The city by the Baltic Sea is also the ...
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Smart City Portrait Florence

Florence is the capital of Italy’s beautiful Tuscany region and known for hosting many masterpieces of Renaissance art and ...
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City Portrait: Smart Bristol 

Bristol, a city of almost half a million in the southwest of England, was the first British city to be named European Green ...
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City Portrait: Smart Grenoble

Grenoble is a city of about 160,000 inhabitants in southeastern France, known for its winter sport, its museums and ...
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City Portrait: Smart Umea

Umeå or Umea is a fast growing Swedish city, 600 km north of Stockholm. The 11th largest city of the country, it has a ...
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City Portrait: Getting Smart in Ghent

Ghent is the third-largest city in Belgium after Brussels and Antwerp. The capital of the East Flanders region is known for its ...
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Children in the Smart City

The United Nations are asking us to create cities that leave no one behind. One group that is often overlooked in urban design ...
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Smart City Espoo: Co-Creation, Innovation, and Sustainable Solutions

Espoo is Finland’s second biggest city. With close to 300,000 inhabitants, it is home to many education and research institutes ...
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Leuven Smart City Strategy - Networked, Smart, Climate-Neutral

Leuven in Belgium is not only the country’s beer capital and home to the Stella Artois brewery, but also a spectacularly ...
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Zero-emission construction sites

Did you know that the built environment is the largest contributor to global carbon emissions? Almost 40% of greenhouse gas ...
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City Portrait: Smart City Copenhagen

Denmark’s capital city is regularly voted as one of the world’s most liveable and smart cities. At 602,000 inhabitants, it is a ...
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Urban October 2023: Challenges and Opportunities in Cities

Every year, UN-Habitat celebrates Urban October, a month where everyone is part of the conversation about the challenges and ...
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The Parks: The First Self-sufficient Smart City in Africa

When talking about smart cities, the African continent is often neglected. But there are many important developments there that ...
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HVV Switch: Multimodal Mobility in Hamburg

When you are using Hamburg’s public transport system, the symbol of a red power plug appears everywhere. This is the symbol of ...
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Proximity: The Key to Green and Thriving Neighbourhoods

Smart cities are always looking for ways to make their neighbourhoods greener and more liveable. The COVID-19 pandemic has ...
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