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A Few Smart Ideas to Clean Up and Re-energize Cities

A Few Smart Ideas to Clean Up and Re-energize Cities | green streets | Scoop.it

Smart cities are attracting residents -- and talent -- by making investments in infrastructure that save money, clean up and integrate sustainability into city functions.

More people live in cities now than in any other time in human history -- nearly half the world's population. They are the economic engines of our society, but they are also the source of 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

We all have a choice in where we live, and a lot of us are moving to places where we can enjoy parks, clean air and healthy waterways. Smart cities are attracting residents -- and talent -- by making investments in infrastructure that save money, clean up and integrate sustainability into city functions (think sports arenas).

We have found a few ideas about innovative cities on Planet Forward that have potential to change the game in our urban environments...

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The Top 10 Smart Cities On The Planet

The Top 10 Smart Cities On The Planet | green streets | Scoop.it
Crunching a list of variables about innovation and sustainability, we rank the world's smartest cities, from New York to Hong Kong (and with an unexpected winner).

The term "smart cities" is a bit ambiguous. Some people choose a narrow definition--i.e. cities that use information and communication technologies to deliver services to their citizens. I prefer a broader definition: Smart cities use information and communication technologies (ICT) to be more intelligent and efficient in the use of resources, resulting in cost and energy savings, improved service delivery and quality of life, and reduced environmental footprint--all supporting innovation and the low-carbon economy...

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Urban Sense: Smart, Sustainable "Insta-Cities": A Prototype

Urban Sense: Smart, Sustainable "Insta-Cities": A Prototype | green streets | Scoop.it

On October 31, the world’s population hit the 7 billion mark. In an era of rapid population growth and the rapid urbanization of the world, some parts of the world find themselves needing more cities—and fast. China is building at a staggering pace – a new city “the equivalent to Rome every few weeks” 

So what are developers and the technology industry doing to make these new, almost “pre-fab” cities sustainable?

Enter Korea’s Songdo International Business District. This brand new city is unfurling itself on land reclaimed from the Yellow Sea. When completed (in 2016), Songdo will be the size of Boston, ready for one million or more residents. Songdo will be a cutting-edge “smart city” with everything from trunk lines to lighting fixtures wired to collect data that will enable companies and residents to monitor and control virtually every piece of urban infrastructure--including water and electricity. This city is to be a prototype of a “city in a box” that will be replicated twenty times in China and India in the coming years...

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Jacob Waters's curator insight, February 10, 10:11 AM

This loose idea of a "Insta-Cities" or what I call "Jack-In-The-Box-Cities"  is a good step toward the future being that you can build a city in the event of a population boom or relocation a city can be built in relativity short time. However the cost of a city, and the cost in my opinion would probably non-appealing, and a techolgy  city what mostly runs on computers could be hacked or materials could be lost in the event of a mishap. All in all it is still a prototype.

 

---Jacob Waters 

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How do we create an holistic urban environment?

How do we create an holistic urban environment? | green streets | Scoop.it
A forthcoming debate between key players will introduce innovative ideas to transform our cities...

Everywhere, urban planners are creating utilitarian "smart cities" – interconnected, hard-wired, sensor-driven communities, where bus timetables appear on screens in eco-friendly homes and fridges send tweeted messages to replenish the salad drawer, using, of course, electric vehicle delivery. But the question arises: would you want to live there? Or is it better to renew what we have – whether it is a former cotton mill in the north of England or a tenement in the developing world...

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Why The U.S. Government Should Embrace Smart Cities | Fast Company

Why The U.S. Government Should Embrace Smart Cities | Fast Company | green streets | Scoop.it
The hottest wave in technology today is not about the individual consumer, but the “smart city.”
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Welcome to the high-tech urban revolution

Welcome to the high-tech urban revolution | green streets | Scoop.it
If you’re a tech company, this is your last call to board the smart city brandwagon, because the high-tech revolution for global cities is upon...

A group of high technology firms, led by IBM and Cisco, are plunging into the city management business. In varied forms, they offer super-efficient new-generation computerized information and control systems.

If the systems prove out — and first signs are positive — the companies stand to garner billions of dollars in business. But savings for cities, measured by dollars, by livability, by human lives protected, may be far greater...

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Through trial and error, 'smart cities' are slowly getting smarter

Through trial and error, 'smart cities' are slowly getting smarter | green streets | Scoop.it
The 'smart city' concept has existed for several years, but only now, with some trial and error, are we seeing the real fruits of these efforts coming to light.

While the ambitions of Masdar City have been scaled back somewhat, Amsterdam is forging ahead, piloting a number of schemes to introduce smart technology to the way energy and other resources are managed within the city...

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Anatomy of a Smart City

Anatomy of a Smart City | green streets | Scoop.it

The 19th century was a century of empires, 20th century was a century of nation states and the 21st century will be a century of cities...


This outstanding infographic (courtesy of postscapes.com) begins with some information about our current state of urbanization.


Did you know that 1.3 million people are moving to cities each week?! It then explains the need for smart cities and delves into what is required to establish these intelligent connected environments, how the smart city may take various forms in the developing worlds and what specific technologies are necessary to achieve such grand goals in practice.

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Eli Levine's curator insight, December 18, 10:45 AM

There is an evolution taking place where politics, policy, technology, the environment, and the economy all intersect. This movement towards technical, empirically driven local policy making could be our saving grace.This could be the future of government.

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, December 19, 2:10 AM

A stunning infographic which predicts how urban living will change in this century.  Our age is truly becoming "a century of smart cities."  Exciting times lie ahead.  Aloha, Russ.

Paul Aneja - eTrends's curator insight, December 22, 6:51 PM

What do you think makes a smarter city?

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U-cities: Seeking the right combination | Sustainable Cities

U-cities: Seeking the right combination | Sustainable Cities | green streets | Scoop.it
Building smart and livable city will take more than technology: trials, readjustments and selection are inevitable.
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