MESH Cities and Smart Cities—The Key Difference

According to wikipedia, Smart Cities encompass six main axes or functions. The functional categories are: smart economies; smart mobility; smart environment; smart people; smart living; and, smart governance. These six Smart City functions are, in theory if not in practice, an evolution of traditional theories of urban design. The topic areas are based on theories of regional economic competitiveness (in...

Are The Cities of Tomorrow Machines Or Symphonies?

Detroit as a perfect machine for making surface parking spaces in urban cores. Ref Streetsblog.org A new report from the US-based Brookings Institute describes five key success factors for smart cities—in our opinion an increasingly anachronistic and meaningless term for tomorrow's cities. While the authors' intent is well justified, they miss the aspirational potential of responsive, wired cities through their...