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Turning a profit in the Netherlands: How a Dutch hyperlocal network has grown

Hyperlocal network Dichtbij has 44 local sites throughout the country, and brought in about €10 million in revenue last year.

While lots of U.S. media companies are still struggling to figure out how to make hyperlocal news financially viable, in the Netherlands, a four-year-old network of hyperlocal sites began turning a profit earlier this year. And now its corporate parent is turning to its traffic to help boost struggling newspapers.

Dichtbij is owned by Telegraaf Media Group, one of the largest media companies in the Netherlands, and it has 44 local sites throughout the country. (We first wrote about the Patch-like network back in 2012.) In its latest annual report, TMG reported that Dichtbij’s revenue increased by €2.4 million ($3.2 million) in 2013, up 32 percent. Dichtbij brought in about €10 million ($13.5 million) last year, still slightly lower than expenditures, but the report cited “significant improvement in comparison to 2012.” Dichtbij says it has about 4.5 million monthly visits to its sites. 

Almere's insight:

“We think we can really grow there as well, compared to now, and that brings along a lot of business models from industry-specific business,” he said. “If, for instance, you have a health platform, and you have a theme around dental health…you can bring in two insurance companies that sponsor that platform for awhile, and they have the ability to bring forward a specialist who can do chat sessions with the local public when they have questions about their dental health, for instance. That’s just one of the examples we’re thinking of.”

Okay Dichtbij, dit staat ons dus te wachten: antieke marketing waarbij naast de vrijwilligers ook het bedrijfsleven voor het geld mag zorgen. Dan blijft het dus wel een achterlijk concept waarbij vrijwilligers, stagiaires en redactiekinderen voor de content zorgen. Voor mij is het gewoon een ordinair product dat geld wil verdienen over de rug van de burger. Ik werk daar niet aan mee.  

See on niemanlab.org

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Architecture in reverse: Agglomeration of Empty Shops

The on-going process of urban environment adapting its structures to the economic conditions of the past ten or fifteen years has resulted in an oversized infrastructure of empty spaces, that can be transformed into temporary citizen activity nodes, as we proposed a couple of years ago for the empty locals that are a consequence of bank merger processes. Now, this economic scenario has affected not only banking infrastructures, but traditional shops and neighbourhood local commerce. The conventional option would be to expect that these spaces will be absorbed by the real state market, through purchase or rent transactions; instead of that, we’re talking here about the notion of Urban Protocol coined by Aristide Antonas, which refers to a strategy concerning the condition of many European cities today, especially focused on the case of Athens. TheUrban Protocols are meant to introduce legal temporary occupancies of the abandoned city center that will be accepted and controlled by a municipal authority; and its main purpose would be to establish cluster-like micro-legislative constructions with communal functions. The system of rules they represent could be transformed and re-established easily.

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What Might Our Future Cities Look Like?

In the future, high-rise buildings will be like small towns, with homes, shops, workshops – even gardens and farms – all under one roof. The spaces around will be flexible, changing to match our needs. Instead of owning things, we will pay to use a space or an item, then give it back, hand it off, or recycle after use. For example, we will invite friends to ride along in shared e-cars and rent space in community gardens. We may even order produce from our community gardens.

Technology and fluidity will enable us to live efficient lives. Many people will work from home, switching between business and leisure, the real and the virtual. Our new lifestyle will allow neighbors to join together in vibrant, dynamic communities.

See on urbantimes.co

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Radical co-op plan to let families build dream home in city centre

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FAMILIES will be able to cut out property developers and plan their own homes on vacant sites in co-operation with others looking to experience the next generation of city centre living

A radical plan by Dublin City Council aims to address the shortage of suitable homes in the capital while steering away from building more semi-detached houses in far-off suburbs.

It is offering a city centre site for just €150,000 to a group of people willing to form a co-operative and build a six-storey block with room for at least two family-sized homes.

Instead of settling for poky apartments reminiscent of the Celtic Tiger years, families are expected to opt for spacious maisonettes cleverly designed to fit into the space available.

- See more at: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/radical-coop-plan-to-let-families-build-dream-home-in-city-centre-30446354.html#sthash%2EYppuiPx3%2Edpuf

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This Texas Professor Is Turning A Dumpster Into The World’s Ultimate Tiny Home

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It’s ambitious. It’s a little crazy. It’s 30 square feet.

For the last four months, environmental science professor Jeff Wilson has been living in a 30-square-foot dumpster on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas,plotting ways to turn the former trash bin into one of the world’s most sustainable tiny homes.

Why a dumpster? Wilson wanted to rethink the resources used by a typical single-family home, and dumpsters happen to be about 1% of the size of the average new American house. He also likes the symbolism.

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Billboard Houses For The Homeless

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Slovakian architecture agency Design Develop has launched a plan to turn roadside billboards into houses for the homeless.

According to the initiators of the Gregory Project, the triangular space in between the four sides of the roadside billboards are mostly unused, though they offer great spaces for housing. The houses would contain two separate rooms. One room combines the entrance hall with a kitchen, a small desk, and a raised bed with storage space underneath, while the other room functions as a bathroom. One of the advantages of using these spaces for living is that the billboards are already connected to electricity as the billboards are illuminated during nights. Also the revenues of the advertisements partly pay for the maintenance of the apartments.

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Smart or stupid: will our cities of the future be easier to hack?

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As more and more machines are entrusted with managing city infrastructure systems, the prospect of disruption – and worse – through cyber terrorism appears ever more real

News update: cyber terrorists have hacked into the electricity company supplying a residential area of the city and caused a blackout. They’ve sent an email with their demands to restore power - it’s a significant amount of money. The city’s cyber defenders have been tasked with retaking control of the compromised machines and restoring power to citizens.

Don’t panic. Not yet, anyway. This isn’t a real city. Nor is it a scene from Watch Dogs, Ubisoft’s much-hyped new game in which hacker Aiden Pearce takes control of Chicago’s infrastructure (from traffic lights to private data) via the smartphone in his pocket.

Instead, the scenario comes from CyberCity, a virtual urban environment set up by US government contractor Counter Hack to train officials in the threats facing our ever more computer-controlled cities. Trainees access the networked devices running the city from a remote location, but there is a physical aspect too: a six-by-eight-foot, 3D model of CyberCity with all the facilities you’d expect.

See on theguardian.com