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  • This city is aiming for 100% clean electricity
    By: Anmar Frangoul, special to CNBC.com
    Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 4:15 AM ET

    The city of Munich has set ambitious goals when it comes to renewable, clean electricity. How will it achieve its aims?

  • Cambridge: Using Raspberries to educate
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 4:19 AM ET

    Cambridge is a city associated with academic excellence. How is a credit card sized computer developed there revolutionizing education?

  • The thinking behind Raspberry Pi   Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    The thinking behind Raspberry Pi

    What inspired Eben Upton to come up with the idea for the Raspberry Pi?

  • Leaf it out? Charge your phone with a plant
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 5:28 AM ET

    Could clean, renewable energy from the world's plants provide an innovative solution to our energy needs?

  • Bionic eye helps blind to see
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 3:25 AM ET

    The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System is the world's first FDA-approved 'bionic' eye, a piece of technology that is helping the blind to see.

  • Electric cars: Amsterdam's next icon?
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 2:08 AM ET

    Amsterdam is synonymous with three things: canals, coffee shops and cycling. Could electric transport become the city's next icon?

  • Is this the world’s most innovative city? Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 1:16 AM ET

    Tokyo is a spellbinding city. Here we take a look at eight innovative companies from the city that have shaped the world we live in.

  • Higher education: Tokyo's 50-story university
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 5:11 AM ET

    In Tokyo, one tall building is helping to change the way we think about schools and how they should look.

  • Malmö: Home of the invisible cycle helmet
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 5:08 AM ET

    The Swedish city of Malmö is home to a company looking to revolutionize cycle safety with an 'invisible' helmet. How?

  • Barcelona is bringing 3-D printing to the masses
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Monday, 4 Aug 2014 | 5:04 AM ET

    How is Barcelona building on its heritage of creativity to broaden access to cutting edge technologies?

  • Coming up: a soundtrack to Google Street View?
    By: By Hamza Ali, special to CNBC.com
    Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 4:32 AM ET

    A new project that aims to make your Google Street View experience more immersive by crowd-sourcing sounds from around the world.

  • Ground Control to Major Tom: UK’s space-age future Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    Britons will travel to a spaceport in a driverless car where they could download pictures on 5G networks, according to government plans.

  • Flush with success: Toilet that fights disease
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 5:46 AM ET

    We take sanitation for granted. How is innovation bringing clean, waterless toilets to the developing world?

  • After World Cup, it's back to school for Brazil
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 5:43 AM ET

    Innovation is enabling Brazilian students to study and learn online. How will this help broaden access to the country's best universities?

  • Check out the world's most spectacular stadiums Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 1:30 AM ET

    Take a look at 10 of the world's most spectacular and innovative stadiums, many of them used in global sporting events.

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  • Which city is the most innovative? Have your say Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 1:31 AM ET
    Los Angeles, California.

    Cities around the world that have embraced technology to tackle their problems – have your say on where in the world is the most innovative.

  • The World Cup city with charm and controversy Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 1:32 AM ET

    As Manaus shows off its state-of-the-art developments, it has also become a focal point for the controversy surrounding the World Cup.

  • Our schools are changing inside and out – how?
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 1:29 AM ET

    How are technology and forward thinking helping to change both the way our children learn, as well as the buildings they learn in?

  • Think big: Is this the future of urban housing?
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 | 9:46 AM ET
    Beach & Howe Tower, Vancouver, Canada © BIG & Glessner

    Lack of space in major cities is forcing architects to come up with new housing solutions. We take a look at some of the most innovative.

  • Is this the classroom of the future?
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Wednesday, 8 Jan 2014 | 8:23 AM ET

    Innovations in education are transforming the way our children learn. What will classrooms of the future look like?

  • 10 awesome, innovative skyscrapers Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014 | 7:10 AM ET

    If a city wants to show off, it builds a skyscraper. We look at ten of the world's most innovative and awe inspiring to date.

  • The world's best cities for young people Monday, 16 Dec 2013 | 11:00 AM ET

    With over half the world's population now aged under 30, some cities are better than others at catering for young people. Where would you live?

  • Youthful cities: Where would you live?
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 6:29 AM ET

    Poll: With over half the world's population now aged under 30, some cities are better than others at catering for young people. Where would you live?

  • Real-life Robocop? Machines rise to the challenge Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 | 3:46 AM ET
    Schaft S-One at Darpa Robotics Challenge

    A growing network of robotics manufacturers are working hard to help integrate machines into defense and law enforcement organizations.

  • How taking meds could make you rich
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 12:22 PM ET

    With cities growing rapidly, great strain is being placed on healthcare. How is innovation helping to lower costs and make patients better?

  • Sustainable Singapore: A model to be replicated?
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | 8:09 AM ET

    Singapore is one of the most forward thinking cities when it comes to sustainability, and now other Asian cities are looking to it for inspiration.

  • What makes one of Asia's greenest cities tick   Monday, 16 Dec 2013 | 7:44 PM ET
    What makes one of Asia's greenest cities tick

    In the course of rapid urbanization, environmental issues often take a back seat. This city in Asia however, has managed to balance growth and sustainability.

  • Next city aiming to become a high-tech boomtown
    By: Holly Ellyatt and Anmar Frangoul
    Monday, 16 Dec 2013 | 7:59 AM ET
    A wind park can be seen as morning breaks in Copenhagen

    Copenhagen's high-tech industries are poised to boost Denmark's economy as the capital sets its sights on innovation and green living.

  • Is eye-controlled technology the future?   Sunday, 15 Dec 2013 | 5:49 PM ET

    In our ongoing coverage of innovative cities, CNBC's Louisa Bojesen gets behind the operations of a Danish company that gives total control to the eyes.

  • Can gaming consoles change the way we chat online?
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | 11:40 AM ET
    The new Kinect uses a 1080p color camera and an active infrared camera to allow for precise movement tracking.

    Advances in technology mean that we'll soon be able to connect with friends and loved ones in vivid, 'almost real' video calls.

  • What China can learn from Singapore sustainability   Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | 2:30 AM ET
    What China can learn from Singapore sustainability

    Liu Thai-Ker, chairman of the advisory board of the Centre for Liveable Cities, says China can learn lessons from Singapore on how to create sustainable cities.

  • Singapore's future as a sustainable city   Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | 3:45 AM ET
    Singapore's future as a sustainable city

    Henry Steed, principle design director at ICN Design International, says investing in sustainable infrastructure now will provide good returns in the long term.

  • How the business of bionics is changing lives
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Thursday, 28 Nov 2013 | 4:18 AM ET

    Technology is improving the lives of amputees, enabling them to move prosthetic limbs just by thinking. How?

  • Basque Country reaches out to the elderly
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 | 11:08 AM ET

    How are authorities in the Basque Country using technology to care for ageing, chronically ill patients?

  • Apps that make your home smarter
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 | 9:58 AM ET

    How are technology and the internet making our domestic lives more intuitive, productive and, perhaps most importantly, cost effective?

  • Is this what your kid's classroom will look like?
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 10:30 AM ET

    The way our children learn is changing. How are advances in technology helping them broaden their educational horizons?

  • Can 'Big Brother' technology make cities safer?
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Friday, 15 Nov 2013 | 4:33 AM ET

    How is cutting edge surveillance technology enabling authorities around the world to prevent - and react to - criminal activity?

  • How to save a life with an app
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 | 5:14 AM ET

    How is today's technology warning us of potential health risks, and helping to save lives in critical emergencies?

  • Economics prize aims to ease UK housing crunch Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 | 3:17 AM ET

    An economics prize looks to ease Britain's housing crunch by challenging entrants to come up with a new garden city design.

  • Cities take some decongestant
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Tuesday, 12 Nov 2013 | 9:47 AM ET
    Construction on the Crossrail project in London

    How are London and Guangzhou, China, planning for the public transport challenges of the future?

  • Singapore: the world’s first smart nation? Tuesday, 12 Nov 2013 | 12:02 AM ET
    Formula One Singapore Grand Prix on September 22, 2013.

    Singapore is a great example of a 'smart nation' and that was highlighted during the F1 race in September, says one expert.

  • Could future cities have free public transport?
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Friday, 8 Nov 2013 | 6:20 AM ET
    Traffic in Beijing.

    With congestion a problem for cities all over the world, could making public transport free ease gridlock and help the environment?

  • 6 steps to creating an eco-city Sunday, 10 Nov 2013 | 7:10 PM ET

    As the world population grows and worries about dwindling resources and climate change rise, solutions for a more sustainable city are emerging.

  • Hamburg and Songdo: cities tackling sustainability
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Monday, 11 Nov 2013 | 7:19 AM ET

    Using technology and architecture, Hamburg and Songdo are two cities striving to be sustainable - what makes them so special?

  • How technology is being used to build our cities
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Monday, 11 Nov 2013 | 11:13 AM ET

    With urban space at a premium, how is Building Information Modeling (BIM), being used to design and plan sustainable cities of the future?

  • Secret gardens for city spaces
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Friday, 8 Nov 2013 | 5:47 AM ET

    Our cities are getting bigger, with pollution a real problem - how can citizens create environments where nature and concrete co-exist?

  • Minority report: Predicting where to put your policeman
    By: Anmar Frangoul | Special to CNBC.com
    Friday, 8 Nov 2013 | 5:47 AM ET

    Security is a huge concern in cities throughout the world: how are police using technology to predict where crimes are going to take place?

  • Meet the software that could change construction   Monday, 11 Nov 2013 | 7:39 PM ET
    Meet the software that could change construction

    CNBC's Tom Mackenzie explores the latest technology when it comes to building the places that most of us across the globe call home.

  • Using surveillance to make cities safer   Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 | 7:41 PM ET
    Using surveillance to make cities safer

    In the final episode of our theme week on 'Innovation Cities,' Tom Mackenzie takes a look at the new technology designed to help make us all more secure.

  • How can cities improve commuting?   Tuesday, 12 Nov 2013 | 7:42 PM ET

    CNBC's Tom Mackenzie sets out to find out what's being done to get city dwellers around quickly, cheaply and with the least impact on the environment.

  • How are apps making our homes smarter?   Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 | 7:00 PM ET
    How are apps making our homes smarter?

    How are apps making our homes smarter, more intuitive, and cost effective?

  • Consequences of greater security infrastructure   Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 | 7:44 PM ET
    Consequences of greater security infrastructure

    Ayesha Khanna, Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group that focuses on the evolution of technology, explains why increased city surveillance is essential.

  • Growing demand for wellbeing apps   Wednesday, 13 Nov 2013 | 7:45 PM ET
    Rising demand for health & fitness apps

    Jonathan Collins, Principal Analyst at technology market research firm, ABI Research discusses health apps.

  • How to future-proof cities   Friday, 15 Nov 2013 | 3:30 AM ET
    How to future-proof cities

    Prof Dr Uwe Krueger, CEO of Atkins, discusses future-proofing major cities.

  • The rise of health apps   Wednesday, 13 Nov 2013 | 7:41 PM ET
    The rise of health apps

    As cities tackle pollution through regulation, new technology is helping city residents keep a personal track on their health.

  • Transportation connectivity critical for cities   Tuesday, 12 Nov 2013 | 7:47 PM ET
    Transportation connectivity critical for cities

    Aide Tomer, Senior Research Associate, Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution says city planners can't keep building roads to solve congestion issues.

  • The future of constructing cities   Sunday, 10 Nov 2013 | 7:38 PM ET

    In the first part of our themed week on Innovation Cities, CNBC's Tom Mackenzie takes a look at what's being done right now to make our cities more sustainable.

  • The challenges in China's urbanization path   Sunday, 10 Nov 2013 | 7:43 PM ET
    The challenges in China's urbanization path

    John Fitzgerald, CEO, Asia Pacific at the Urban Land Institute discusses Beijing's urbanization progress as investors anticipate land reforms from the Third Plenum meeting.

  • Are sustainable cars the future?   Monday, 11 Nov 2013 | 2:15 AM ET
    Are sustainable cars the future?

    Peter Lindlahr, managing director at hySolutions, discusses sustainable cars and how they can be used to help the environment.

  • Hamburg leads the way in sustainable cities   Monday, 11 Nov 2013 | 3:40 AM ET
    Hamburg leads the way in sustainable cities

    Wolfgang Schmidt, state secretary for the City of Hamburg, discusses what makes Hamburg a leading sustainable city.

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