‡ Solutions for today's urban challenges.

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From scaffold to hangout.

New York City-based innovation studio Softwalks came up with an urban hacking toolkit for citizens that transforms scaffolds into social hangouts.

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“We always want to be ahead“.

Traffic expert Eileen Mandir is Head of Product & Lab at moovel, the mobility brand by Daimler. Her goals: To find the best way to navigate a city – and to shape the future of an automotive brand.

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Celestial conversions.

Unused churches get a new lease of life as bookstores, bars, skate parks, gyms, and galleries – in Liverpool, Maastricht, New York, Chicago, and Berlin.

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All together now.

Assemble takes a stand against top-down redevelopment by reclaiming abandoned neighborhoods together with the people who live in them.

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Extraordinary commutes.

In cities with steep slopes or bodies of water, people get to work by elevator, escalator, walkway, lift, gondola, or cable car.

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Oodles of poodles.

The London-based start-up borrowmydoggy matches dog owners in need of help with animal lovers who crave canine company.

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Rent a robot.

The Dutch maker space RDM in Rotterdam helps to shift the creative industry towards a third industrial revolution.

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smart urban pioneers

The initiative by smart is searching for solutions to the challenges of our everyday urban life – after all, it is simply not enough to complain and throw a spotlight on problems. Anyone who wants to see real change needs to play an active role and tackle these issues themselves.

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Interview

Ana Sampaio Barros, Instagram maven, architect, & smart urban pioneers jury member, discusses life in Vienna & the advantages of social media.

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Feature

Compact, practical, and now with an exclusive look: At the Geneva Motor Show, smart introduces the limited smart fortwo cabrio | BRABUS edition.

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Spot On

Street performers are one of the main ways our cities are kept human”

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Behind the scenes

Traffic expert Eileen Mandir is Head of Product & Lab at moovel, the mobility brand by Daimler. Her goals: To find the best way to navigate a city – and to shape the future of an automotive brand.

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Feature

Unused churches get a new lease of life as bookstores, bars, skate parks, gyms, and galleries – in Liverpool, Maastricht, New York, Chicago, and Berlin.

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No need to hide behind Barcelona and Madrid: smart magazine has compiled the best local secrets for a short break in Spain’s third-largest city, Valencia.

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