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"The study, thus, offers a critique to Richard Florida’s definition of the "Creative Class," towards a more inclusive de...
01/29/2019
CLUSTER's Creative Initiatives in Downtown Cairo: An Economic Impact

"The study, thus, offers a critique to Richard Florida’s definition of the "Creative Class," towards a more inclusive definition, and aims at localizing the creative industries' framework to address the intertwined relationship between formal and informal economies in the Egyptian context," says Omar Nagati, co-founder of Cluster.
https://progrss.com/places/20190129/clusters-creative-initiatives-in-downtown-cairo-an-economic-impact/

A collaboration between CLUSTER (the Cairo Laboratory for Urban Studies Training and Environmental Research) and the British Council in Egypt has yielded the first toolkit of its kind to measure the economic impact of cultural initiatives on a Cairo district.

A recent study conducted collaboratively by University of Cambridge and Nokia Bell Labs found that social media images c...
01/16/2019
Study: Can Social Media Images Contribute To Economic Growth?

A recent study conducted collaboratively by University of Cambridge and Nokia Bell Labs found that social media images can contribute to city branding, and, by extension, economic growth in cities.
https://progrss.com/culture/20181213/social-media-images-economic-growth/

A study by researchers at the University of Cambridge and Nokia Bell Labs explores how social media images can contribute to city branding and economic growth in urban centers.

South African startup WhereIsMyTransport has high ambitions to improve mobility in emerging cities around the world. htt...
01/15/2019
South African Startup WhereIsMyTransport Aims To Improve Mobility In Emerging Cities

South African startup WhereIsMyTransport has high ambitions to improve mobility in emerging cities around the world.
https://progrss.com/movement/20190115/south-african-startup-whereismytransport-aims-to-improve-mobility-in-emerging-cities/

South African startup WhereIsMyTransport has spread beyond the African continent to take on mobility challenges as far afield as Latin America and Southeast Asia in an effort to improve access to mobility for all.

A recent UNICEF report found that urbanization is adversely affecting the health of urban youth and children. How can po...
01/11/2019
Can Child-Friendly Cities Reduce Urban Income Disparities?

A recent UNICEF report found that urbanization is adversely affecting the health of urban youth and children. How can policy-makers build more child-friendly cities?
https://progrss.com/places/20190110/can-child-friendly-cities-reduce-income-disparities/

A recent UNICEF report found that urbanization is adversely affecting the health of urban youth and children. With 60% of the global population projected to be living in cities by 2050, how can policy-makers build more child-friendly cities?

According to city officials, Columbus, Ohio, aims to improve the lives of vulnerable mothers through mobility and reduce...
01/08/2019
Uber-Like Transport Service To Address Infant Mortality In Columbus, Ohio

According to city officials, Columbus, Ohio, aims to improve the lives of vulnerable mothers through mobility and reduce infant mortality in the city by 40% by 2020.
https://progrss.com/places/20190106/uber-like-transport-service-to-address-infant-mortality-in-columbus-ohio/

An Uber-like ridehailing service will pilot in Columbus, Ohio, this year, connecting low-income women with Medicaid services in the hopes of addressing infant mortality in Columbus.

Although LED street lights are increasingly being adopted by cities because of their energy- and cost-efficiency, they a...
01/04/2019
LED Street Lights May Make Cities Smarter - And Increase Surveillance

Although LED street lights are increasingly being adopted by cities because of their energy- and cost-efficiency, they are usually equipped with cameras and can be used for surveillance, which has brought them under fire. 📸
https://progrss.com/connectivity/20180315/led-street-lights-cities-surveillance/

As American cities are moving to replace traditional street lights with new "smart" LED light posts, more city residents are feeling increasingly uncomfortable with the potential the LED street lights have for surveillance of city life.

What does it mean to transform a former prison into a community center and house for refugees? We speak to Lola Lik to f...
01/02/2019
Lola Lik: Former Amsterdam Prison Becomes Home For Refugees

What does it mean to transform a former prison into a community center and house for refugees? We speak to Lola Lik to find out.
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https://progrss.com/places/20180405/lola-lik-amsterdam-prison-refugees/

Empty prisons in the Netherlands are being turned into temporary houses for people in need - including refugees and asylum seekers. One of these, Lola Lik, has transformed a former prison into a community creative hub, running educational and entertainment programs for ‘New Amsterdammers.’

Although LED street lights are increasingly being adopted by cities because of their energy- and cost-efficiency, many a...
01/01/2019
LED Street Lights May Make Cities Smarter - And Increase Surveillance

Although LED street lights are increasingly being adopted by cities because of their energy- and cost-efficiency, many are also equipped with cameras and can be used for surveillance, which has brought them under fire. 📸
https://progrss.com/connectivity/20180315/led-street-lights-cities-surveillance/

As American cities are moving to replace traditional street lights with new "smart" LED light posts, more city residents are feeling increasingly uncomfortable with the potential the LED street lights have for surveillance of city life.

Sandia National Labs and CSAIL - MIT have developed Flight Goggles using VR to allow drones to learn to navigate in a sa...
12/30/2018
VR System "Flight Goggles" Hopes to Enable Drones to 'See'

Sandia National Labs and CSAIL - MIT have developed Flight Goggles using VR to allow drones to learn to navigate in a safe environment.
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https://progrss.com/connectivity/20180709/flight-goggles-vr/

As drones are slowly becoming a bigger part of the world around us, concerns over how they interact with their surroundings - human beings included - are growing, encouraging a team at MIT to develop "Flight Goggles," a VR system allowing drones to 'see' their surroundings.

A study by researchers at University of Cambridge and Nokia Bell Labs explores how social media images can contribute to...
12/26/2018
Study: Can Social Media Images Contribute To Economic Growth?

A study by researchers at University of Cambridge and Nokia Bell Labs explores how social media images can contribute to city branding and economic growth in urban centers. 📸📸
https://progrss.com/culture/20181213/social-media-images-economic-growth/

A study by researchers at the University of Cambridge and Nokia Bell Labs explores how social media images can contribute to city branding and economic growth in urban centers.

Long known for being the building site of the Titanic and for its aerospace engineering programs, more recently, Belfast...
12/24/2018
Tech, Film, Coworking: How Creative Industries In Belfast Are Reviving The City

Long known for being the building site of the Titanic and for its aerospace engineering programs, more recently, Belfast became a hub for tech companies and startups, with a thriving film and TV production industry.
https://progrss.com/places/20181224/tech-film-coworking-how-creative-industries-in-belfast-are-reviving-the-city/

With a tech industry to rival Dublin and a film production industry that has clients like HBO flocking to the city, the creative industries in Belfast are helping to revive a city once torn apart by civil strife.

The Humboldt Forum has become a flash point for Berliners' frustration with the inability of the German government to ad...
12/18/2018
Humboldt Forum: Urban Vice or Virtue in the Heart of Berlin?

The Humboldt Forum has become a flash point for Berliners' frustration with the inability of the German government to address its history with colonialism and the implications of urban development in Berlin.
https://progrss.com/culture/20181218/humboldt-forum-berlin/

As it inches closer to inauguration, the Humboldt Forum has become a flash point for Berliners' frustration with the inability of the German government to address its history with colonialism and the implications of urban development in Berlin.

A study by researchers at University of Cambridge and Nokia Bell Labs explores how social media images can contribute to...
12/16/2018
Study: Can Social Media Images Contribute To Economic Growth?

A study by researchers at University of Cambridge and Nokia Bell Labs explores how social media images can contribute to city branding and economic growth in urban centers. 📸📸
https://progrss.com/culture/20181213/social-media-images-economic-growth/

A study by researchers at the University of Cambridge and Nokia Bell Labs explores how social media images can contribute to city branding and economic growth in urban centers.

12/13/2018
KMT

KMT have produced an awesome contemporary Coptic Calendar with traditional Egyptian aphorisms and monthly growing tips for urban farmers!

For only 150LE these make great Christmas gifts for your loved ones and farming enthusiasts!

Calling all secret Santas and Christmas (or serial) shoppers!!

Our awesome new Contemporary Coptic Calendar is now available and they're only 150LE!

The Coptic Calendar is based on the Ancient Egyptian Calendar, that essentially centered around the yearly flooding of the Nile, making it still relevant today for farmers and urban farmers.

With hand-drawn illustrations of traditional proverbs that each month is famous for in Egyptian culture, this contemporary take on the Coptic calendar comes with seeds and is filled with growing (and eating of course!) tips!

Get yours now at the KMT sustainability store 'Batrina' located at KMT House!
DM us for more information!

In helping cities identify the source of emissions, Google's Environmental Impact Explorer aims to help them make inform...
11/12/2018
Google's Environmental Insights Explorer Gauges Cities' Carbon Footprint

In helping cities identify the source of emissions, Google's Environmental Impact Explorer aims to help them make informed decisions about where to make cuts to reduce their footprint.
https://progrss.com/sustainability/20181112/google-environmental-insights-explorer/

Google's Environmental Insights Explorer, an online tool that measures the carbon footprint of cities, launched a beta version in September to help cities calculate emissions and how they can be reduced.

11/07/2018
Design + Social Impact: A Workshop on Strategies for Creative Intervention

The much-anticipated workshop ‘Design + Social Impact; A Workshop on Strategies for Creative Intervention', organized with the support of the U.S. Embassy Cairo, ran over the course of a week at KMT House in October, and we couldn’t be happier about the results: an incredible outpour of positive energy, creativity and inspiring design solutions.

The workshop concluded with a reception at the KMT Garden that invited the Deputy of Mission to the U.S Embassy of Egypt. Also in attendance as part of a panel discussion were architect, urbanist, curator, and editor Mohamed Elshahed, and Head Designer at Azza Fahmy Jewellery Amina Ghali

Here are some of the highlights of the workshop and reception:

In October 2018, Progrss partnered up with KMT House and the U.S. Embassy in Egypt to bring New York creatives and Parsons School of Design instructors John ...

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