Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo
Arguably the biggest buzzword in urbanism right now is the ‘Smart City’. The idea, although certainly inclusive of eco-friendly practices, has even replaced “sustainability” as the major intent of cities planning for positive future development. Smart City thinking has been used successfully in countries as diverse as Brazil, the US, the UAE, South Korea, and Scotland (Glasgow just won a £24 million grant to pioneer new schemes throughout the city). But what exactly are Smart Cities? What benefit do they bring us? And, more importantly, how can we best implement them to secure our future? The answer, in my opinion, lies in the hands of architects.
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