Four Videos About Smarter Cities


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A debate last month brought together four prominent speakers from the urbanism world to discuss the potential of technologically-enabled cities. The event was hosted by Intelligence Squared, who introduced the discussion with this vision:

Smarter Cities: Computer models that predict the likely location of a crime and focus police resources to prevent it; intelligent traffic lights and parking systems that dramatically reduce congestion; all the information you need in an emergency when and where you need it – if a flood occurs an alert is sent out to emergency services, hospitals and traffic planners to coordinate the response. It’s all about the intelligent integration of data, technology, communications and good government.

Chaired by Tony Travers from the London School of Economics, the debate has now found its way online in the form of these four videos.

A New Lens on Smarter Cities

Adam Newton – Projects Manager in the Shell Strategy and Scenarios Team

How to Improve Quality of Life for Ever-Expanding Cities

Enrique Peñalosa – Former mayor of Bogotá (1998-2001) who transformed the city’s quality of life with his radical innovations and currently President of the Board of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy of New York

What Do We Mean by Smarter Cities?

Sunand Prasad – Senior Partner of architectural practice Penoyre & Prasad LLP and former President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (2007 – 2009)

Better Stories for Smarter Cities

Rick Robinson – Executive Architect for IBM’s Smarter Cities