Smart cities: no app substitutes for public engagement and responsive leadership

Cities from Amsterdam to Adelaide, from Boston to Bangalore, and San Francisco to Seoul are teaming up with big businesses like IBM, Siemens, Cisco, GE, and Google in a frenzied dash to become “smart cities.” They’re rolling out sensors for everything from street lights to trash cans. Homes are being wired up with smart meters and smart appliances that feed real-time data back to public utilities. Buses, cars, and bike-shares have GPS or radio-frequency identification that [...]

By |2018-01-30T17:50:27-04:00August 17th, 2016|Just Sustainabilities|1 Comment

‘Smart Cities’ Should Mean ‘Sharing Cities’

  Medellín, Colombia(Christian Heeb—Getty Images) When mayors and developers focus on technology rather than people, smart quickly becomes stupid, threatening to exacerbate inequality and undermine the social cooperation essential to successful cities.These days every city claims to be a “smart” city, or is becoming one, with heavy investments in modern information and computing technology to attract businesses and make the city competitive. After researching leading cities around the world, we’ve concluded that truly smart [...]

By |2018-01-30T17:59:21-04:00September 29th, 2014|Just Sustainabilities|0 Comments