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.
It's no secret that many smart city plans include the idea of a magnet area for tech businesses by setting aside a special area with high-speed Internet access and economic incentives. New York is a shining example, as is London. Now Toronto wants to join the club.
We continue to hear complaints about how today's urban planners are missing the boat by failing to bake smart technologies into their plans. The latest comes from Joichi Ito of the MIT Media Lab. See if you think he's on target with his criticism.
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.
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.
A 2011 earthquake in New Zealand spurred a rebuilding effort in Christchurch that is relying on smart technologies and engaged citizens. Find out why it's another great example of turning lemons into lemonade.
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.
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.
Commentary in ArchDaily notes that architects are often asked to design the buildings and neighborhoods and cities of the future. Yet they are woefully uninformed about the amazing things made possible by smart technology. Read ideas on how to change that.
Does the Smart Cities Council need to become the Smart Suburbs Council instead? Researchers from the UK and New Zealand claim that suburbs have a greater potential to become energy self-sufficient.