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Over half the world’s population lives in urban areas. The quality of life in future cities depends on the innovations we put in place today.

Cement recycling method a 'miracle' for net zero transition

22 May 2024

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have developed a method to produce very low-emission concrete at scale – an innovation that could be...

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Holographic replay field results of 3D LiDAR processed data sets. LiDAR truck and tree objects are displayed.

360-degree head-up display view could warn drivers of road obstacles in real time

20 Dec 2023

Researchers have developed an augmented reality head-up display that could improve road safety by displaying potential hazards as high-resolution...

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Kibera slum, Nairobi, Kenya

Darwin College’s Earthshot Prize nomination Sanergy announced as a finalist

17 Sep 2021

Darwin College, Cambridge, has announced that Sanergy, one of its nominated solutions for the Earthshot Prize 2021, has been selected as one of 15...

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The energy researcher who wants to build better to consume less

15 Sep 2021

Against a global backdrop of rising energy demands and finite resources, Rihab Khalid set out to understand how buildings can become more energy...

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3D holographic head-up display could improve road safety

26 Apr 2021

Researchers have developed the first LiDAR-based augmented reality head-up display for use in vehicles. Tests on a prototype version of the...

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Entopia Building

World-first sustainable office retrofit begins at new CISL headquarters

09 Mar 2021

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) has announced the start of works on its new visionary headquarters. This...

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Ground breaking in Nanjing

Cambridge and Nanjing break ground on 'smart cities' Centre

10 Sep 2019

The University of Cambridge and the Nanjing Municipal Government have broken ground on the Cambridge University-Nanjing Centre of Technology and...

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Cambridge and Nanjing launch strategic collaboration

27 Mar 2018

The new joint centre will support innovative research into smart cities and fully integrated urban environments.

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Concept art of Hyperloop inner works

Opinion: How we can make super-fast hyperloop travel a reality

13 Jan 2017

Trains are getting increasingly faster, but as Professor Hugh Hunt from the Department of Engineering explains, the 'super-fast hyperloop' could soon...

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Living on the edge: succeeding in the slums

30 Jun 2016

Cities exist in a state of constant flux: not always ‘smart’ and successful, they can be vulnerable, chaotic and seem on the edge of failure. Nowhere...

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Would you live in a city made of bone?

23 Jun 2016

The cities of today are built with concrete and steel – but some Cambridge researchers think that the cities of the future need to go back to nature...

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How does your smart city grow?

17 Jun 2016

The Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction is building on advances in sensing technology to learn everything possible about a city’s...

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