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Anatomy of a Smart City

Anatomy of a Smart City | Sustainable Futures | 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, 2014 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.

Paul Aneja - eTrends's curator insight, December 22, 2014 6:51 PM

What do you think makes a smarter city?

Serge G Laurens's curator insight, October 28, 2016 3:25 PM
Anatomy of a Smart City
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Things to do, consider and act on to create a sustainable future for people and planet
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The future of industries: Bringing down the walls

The future of industries: Bringing down the walls | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Technological change is creating historic shifts in industry footprints. It’s reshaping the foundations of many industries.
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Jane Jacobs believed cities should be fun — and changed urban planning forever

Jane Jacobs believed cities should be fun — and changed urban planning forever | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
She had no formal training, but she upended wisdom from experts in the field.
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Still relevant! Maybe even more so...
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Blockchain: A technology on the verge of revolutionising society

Blockchain: A technology on the verge of revolutionising society | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A safe, tamper-proof digital ledger has triggered a shock wave rippling far beyond the world of finance. Online payments diverted into the wrong pockets. Election results disputed by a political pa…
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Sustainable development: a new kind of globalization - The Boston Globe

Sustainable development: a new kind of globalization - The Boston Globe | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new concept of globalization calls for social fairness and environmental sustainability alongside economic development.
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Can we now envision of the world that is driven to create global well being for all living things and all systems that support us?

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5 Jobs That Will Be The Hardest To Fill In 2025

5 Jobs That Will Be The Hardest To Fill In 2025 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
There is a labor shortage looming over the next decade, and jobs in these sectors will be the most difficult to fill.
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Balancing the Scales of City Sustainability | Sustainable Cities Collective

Balancing the Scales of City Sustainability | Sustainable Cities Collective | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
I spend virtually all my professional time thinking about the intersection of human settlement and environmental sustainability.
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How the Brain Dumps Its Trash [Video]

How the Brain Dumps Its Trash [Video] | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A recently discovered waste-removal system is a linchpin in preserving neural health
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Designing Suburbs: Beyond New Urbanism | Newgeography.com

Designing Suburbs: Beyond New Urbanism | Newgeography.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

It is not primarily the fault of land developers that the American suburbs are thought to be dysfunctional and mundane. The blame belongs largely to the influence of boiler-plate zoning regulations combined with design consultants who seek the most minimum criteria allowed by city regulations.

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Report: More Pollinator Species In Jeopardy, Threatening World Food Supply

Report: More Pollinator Species In Jeopardy, Threatening World Food Supply | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
About 40 percent of invertebrate pollinator species such as bees and butterflies are facing extinction, according to the global assessment.
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Water as a utility

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Water as a utility | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Aaron Renn of Urbanophile and a fellow at the Manhattan Institute has produced a report, Wasted: How to Fix America’s Sewers, on the crushing financial impact on local jurisdictions of regulations promulgated by the EPA concerning discharge of untreated water into rivers and the security of water supplies.

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Decline of bees poses potential risks to major crops, says UN

Decline of bees poses potential risks to major crops, says UN | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Animal pollination responsible for 5-8% of global agricultural production by volume, says UN biodiversity panel, as it issues warning over their decline
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Green with Facebook Envy, Red with Twitter Rage

Green with Facebook Envy, Red with Twitter Rage | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How you act on social media may alleviate or exacerbate negative emotional states
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Think You Know Rainbows? Look Again [Slide Show]

Think You Know Rainbows? Look Again [Slide Show] | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Physicists are starting to explain how rainbows can be completely red, white, nearly flat or full-circle
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Foreseeing the Unpossible

Foreseeing the Unpossible | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Change may be the only constant and, beyond wet babies, few of us welcome it.
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7 Futurists On What To Expect In The Next Decade

7 Futurists On What To Expect In The Next Decade | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it


From smartphone apps that can do seemingly everything to driverless cars and
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These are the top 10 emerging technologies of 2016

These are the top 10 emerging technologies of 2016 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Breakthrough technologies, including “socially aware” artificial intelligence and new generation solar panels, could soon tackle the world’s most pressing challenges.
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William Smith's curator insight, July 30, 2016 2:01 AM
The PV technology outlined here is intriguing and could be an industry pivot point.
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Wilderness Society: C02 report demonstrates land clearing is out of control - video

Wilderness Society: C02 report demonstrates land clearing is out of control - video | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The national campaign director for The Wilderness Society believes the C02 report reveals many damning findings regarding the current level of tree clearing in Australia
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Can Co-Ops Help the Rockaways Recover?

Can Co-Ops Help the Rockaways Recover? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
An isolated part of New York City is still rebuilding its economy after Sandy.
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The Long, Complicated History of Affordable Housing in New York

The Long, Complicated History of Affordable Housing in New York | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A new book and exhibit take a look at the programs, buildings, and people that have brought the system to where it is today—and what still needs to be done.
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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A damselfly, black rhinos and an encounter between a crocodile and a whip snake are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world
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Norway to build Europe's largest onshore wind power project

Norway to build Europe's largest onshore wind power project | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The newly-announced Fosen Vind project will comprise six wind farms with a combined capacity of 1,000 MW, more than the current total installed capacity in Norway and on track to become the largest of its type in Europe.
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Three friends, Milky Way, planets | EarthSky.org

Three friends, Milky Way, planets | EarthSky.org | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
On a beach in South Carolina, three friends watched as the morning twilight met the Milky Way.
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Harvard taps biomimicry to harvest water from thin air

Harvard taps biomimicry to harvest water from thin air | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Harvard University researchers have found inspiration in desert beetles and cacti in developing life-saving water collection techniques.
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