Built environment

Bechtel Smart City: Bringing complex projects to reality

Wed, 2013-10-23 18:36 -- Jesse Berst

Walker Kimball has always wanted to build things ‒ and today he helps build some of the largest infrastructure projects in the world as President of Infrastructure for San Francisco-based Bechtel. We talked with him about smart cities, smart inhabitants and the importance of a "building block" approach to smart city projects.

How India hopes to cut to the front of the smart city line (and how IBM plans to help)

Wed, 2013-09-25 18:30 -- Jesse Berst

We've seen it before -- developing regions leapfrogging the developed world. South Korea, for instance, is the acknowledged world leader in broadband access after starting from way behind. Now we're seeing signs that India may become a leader in smart cities.

World's most powerful industrial park is a template for smart cities

Mon, 2013-09-23 22:24 -- Jesse Berst

Take a look at the remarkable progress of China's Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). China's Ministry of Commerce ranks SIP as the most competitive industrial park in the country. We think it's the most competitive in the world and predict you will agree once you read its astounding accomplishments.

Top 10 most competitive cities today (and how to leapfrog them tomorrow)

Thu, 2013-08-15 02:10 -- Jesse Berst

The research arm of The Economist has just published a report benchmarking the global competitiveness of the world's 120 largest cities. It's worth the read for its insights into the many factors that make a city more competitive. Infrastructure plays a key role, but there are many other factors as well.

Report: Big growth in building energy management systems (but big hurdles too)

Wed, 2013-08-14 18:40 -- Jesse Berst

A Navigant Research report predicts worldwide revenues for building energy management systems (BEMS) will more than double by 2020. If it weren't for two roadblocks – one of which is the appalling lack of standards – we suspect growth would be even more dramatic.