A city is more than just a collection of buildings, streets, parks, and people, and the many different entities engaged in many different trades. It’s a living environment of different cultures, peoples, ideas and systems that are interdependent yet all determine and shape the other’s identity.
Take a closer look at any large city today and you’ll find another city pulsating within it, made up of interconnected systems of many different functions and activities. Often invisible, and taken for granted, these incredible systems that undergird a city stretch beyond roads, utilities, and water supplies to give us the means to move around, maintain our environment, keep our streets safe, educate our children, and generate new ideas.
And if we want to build a smarter planet – where a new level of intelligence is being infused into the systems and technologies that make everything work — there may be no better place to start than in our cities.
This video, The Tale of a Smarter City, helps to explain what it is about our cities that makes them a natural starting point for this work and these conversations.