Urbanova is a living laboratory to design cities for the future. Located in the University District of Spokane, Washington. We harness data to gain insights, empower people and solve urban challenges in new ways. Our goals are healthier citizens, safer neighborhoods, smarter infrastructure, a more sustainable environment and a stronger [...]
In 2014, the local government in Spokane, Washington, began forming partnerships with industry and higher education to meet common goals around preparing the city of roughly 215,000 residents for huge growth in the coming decades. Futurists project a global population of 9.8 billion by 2050, with a great bulk of [...]
It's becoming more and more often that we find Spokane making lists for being a "hip city" or "most attractive city." Now, the city is trying to work its way onto another list for being a “smart city.” Sunset magazine said Spokane is a top Northwest "Game Changing Place to [...]
How smoke from wildfires affects the air in urban settings will come under a close microscope in a “living laboratory” in the Pacific Northwest. A network of nine air-quality sensors will be installed into streetlights and on the tops of buildings across Spokane, Wash.’s, 700-acre University District, an urban area [...]
By the year 2050, cities are projected to add more than 2.5 billion new urban residents. Though the rise of these “mega-city” urban centers will present significant challenges in stretching already strained resources, these same challenges represent an unprecedented opportunity for cities to transform into centers of innovation that continue [...]
The streetlights in Spokane’s University District are set to do much more than illuminate the streets. A local public-private-university collaboration called Urbanova is using the lamps to shed light on air pollution. The Smart and Connected Streetlights Pilot is one of the first projects in Spokane’s urban “living laboratory,” the [...]
Urbanova was featured in Metering & Smart Energy International's fall issue of Smart Energy Elites: Projects and People. The article highlighted Urbanova's project to install smart city sensors and services. Urbanova is featured on page 30.
Today, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA), and Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) introduced legislation to promote the advancement of smart cities. “We can’t afford to replace aging infrastructure with anything but smart infrastructure, and our bill does [...]