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4 Ways to Pitch a Smarter Built Environment

March 30, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Smarter buildings and communities start with smarter marketing and communications. Which words do you choose – smart, green, profitable, eco, resilient, healthy, clean, high tech, cool, secure, fun? Whether we like it or not, we are all in sales and this kind of messaging matters.[read more]

Five steps to a Smarter City; and the philosophical imperative for taking them

September 13, 2012 by Rick Robinson

(Photo of digital lights in “The Place” in Beijing by Trey Ratcliff)This year more and more cities have started on the road to getting Smarter. In part that momentum has been catalysed in the UK by the Technology Strategy Board’s “Future Cities Demonstrator” competition, in which thirty cities have been awarded small grants to carry out...[read more]

Ten ways to pay for a Smarter City (part two)

September 5, 2012 by Rick Robinson

Cities across the world are pursuing Smarter City strategies for common reasons including demographics, economics and the environment; but they start in very different social, financial and organisational positions. So there is a need to consider a variety of mechanisms when looking for the financial means to support those strategies.[read more]

Ten ways to pay for a Smarter City (part one)

August 29, 2012 by Rick Robinson

Birmingham’s striking new Library, which will open in 2013, is one example of the regeneration projects currently underway in cities despite the challenging economic climate.I’ve been meeting frequently of late with academic, public sector and private sector partners in city systems to explore the ways in which Smarter City initiatives...[read more]

The amazing heart of a Smarter City: the innovation boundary

August 14, 2012 by Rick Robinson

(Photo of a mouse by pure9)Innovation has always been exciting, interesting and valuable; but recently it’s become essential.The “mouse” that defined computer usage from the 1980s through to the 2000s was an amazing invention in its time. It was the first widely successful innovation in human/computer interaction since the typewriter...[read more]

Five roads to a Smarter City

August 7, 2012 by Rick Robinson

(Photo of Daikoku junction by Ykanazawa1999Recently, I discussed the ways in which cities are formulating  ”Smarter City” visions and the programmes to deliver them. Such cross-city approaches are clearly what’s required in order to have a transformative effect across an entire city.However, whilst some cities have undergone...[read more]

How Smarter Cities Get Started

July 27, 2012 by Rick Robinson

I was delighted recently to be invited to join Birmingham’s new “Smart City Commission”. The Commission is meeting for the first time today, and leading up to it I gave some thought to what the common ideas are that are emerging from cities that are making progress with their “Smarter” transformations.Many of the environmental, social...[read more]

Are Smarter Cities the Key to Social Mobility?

July 18, 2012 by Rick Robinson

Social mobility in the context of Smarter Transport systems is the ability to move people and resources in an informed way that achieves positive social outcomes. The real challenge for such systems is how to measure the value of their social, environmental and economic impact. Today, we measure value in monetary terms. Can we change that?[read more]

The simple idea behind Smarter Cities: take better-informed, more forward-looking decisions

July 11, 2012 by Rick Robinson

(Photo by Tanakawho)I’m sometimes staggered by the sheer breadth of topics that we concern ourselves with in working to make cities Smarter. We encompass technology, social systems, the individual motivation of citizens, financial models, and the really big challenges of demographics and sustainability in our thinking.I’m also struck by...[read more]

US and Canadian 'Green Cities'… Kind Of

July 7, 2011 by Kaid Benfield

Earlier this week I reviewed the overall, land use, and transportation components of the new “Green City Index,” which rates and ranks 27 cities in the US and Canada on various environmental criteria and which is sponsored by Siemens.  Today I consider the rest of the report. As noted in the previous post, all ratings and rankings...[read more]

Which Cities Are Smarter?

March 31, 2011 by The Dirt ASLA

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has launched Smarter Cities, a comprehensive “multimedia Web initiative,” designed to answer the questions: What makes a smarter city? Which cities are smarter? In this instance, NRDC is defining smarter as “more efficient, sustainable, equitable and livable.” Included in this new trove...[read more]

CNBC: IBM Innovations to Watch

January 3, 2010 by Adam Christensen

Bill Pulleyblank, vice president of IBM’s Center for Business Optimization speaks on CNBC’s Squawk Box about five innovations that will make cities smarter in the next five years.  Click to watch video. Link to original post[read more]