Wednesday, 28 May 2014

SMART CITY

The 'Smart City' concept essentially means efficiency based on the intelligent management and integration of information and communications technologies and the citizens' active participation. 
They are identified by six key elements: 
  • Theories of regional competitiveness
  • Transport and ICT economics
  • Natural resources
  • Human and social capital
  • Quality of life, and 
  • Participation of the citizens in the governance of cities

This concept of city can be identified in the next three examples of cities with smart solutions:

The first one is Soto del Real, a village located in Madrid, in which the street’s illumination was changed to LEDs solutions to reduce local economy and improve energetic efficiency and save money for the local economy

Another example of smart solutions for cities is hybrid buildings which consist of a mixture of uses inside the same building, such as public administrations or public services. Hybridisation of architecture could reduce distance, mobility and cost and in this way increase comfort and wellbeing for its users

The third example is the mobile and web application “What-If”, in which citizens provide feedback about the city and suggest solutions for problems they observe.

It’s necessary for the city to use new technologies to improve its citizens' lives. I think this concept is good for cities and contributes to the inhabitants comfort and wellbeing. Definitely, in this global society in which everybody has smartphones, why not uses smart technologies to improve cities?

Francisco Delgado Granadilla. 

The Smart city concept essentially means efficiency based on the intelligent management and integrated ICTs, and activates citizen’s participation.

They are identified by six key elements: Theories of regional competitiveness, transport and ICT economics, natural resources, human and social capital, quality of life, and participation of the citizens in the governance of cities. 

This concept of city can be identified in the next three examples of cities with smart solutions. The first one is Soto del Real, a village located in Madrid, in which the street’s illumination was changed by Led’s solutions to reduce local economy and improve energetic efficiency. Another example of smart solutions for cities are hybrid buildings, which consist of a mixture uses inside the same building, such as public administrations or public services. That could generate less distance, mobility and cost; and more comfort and wellbeing for their citizens. The third example is the mobile and web application “What-If”, in which citizens provide feedback about the city and their solutions for problems they observe.

It’s necessary for the city to use new technologies to improve their inhabitant’s life. I think this concept is good for cities and contribute to inhabitants comfort and wellbeing. Definitely, at this global society in which everybody has smartphones, ¿why not uses smart technologies to improve cities?


1 comment:

  1. Paco, What I like most about this blog entry is that it seems to be speaking directly to me. Particularly the last sentence which leaves me with something to think about. Being more concerned with clarity rather than narrative I think that bullet points are helpful, particularly when lists consist of six things.

    I like the examples that you've given too. It does make you wonder if we should engage with cities more. But at the same time, it is a very controlled way to engage with a city and to be a true rebel, you'd have to re-programme all these areas of interaction, make them malfunction, create some sort of commotion.

    It's an interesting idea. It's a thought-provoking article. Well done.

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