Smart Cities

Current Smart City Planning is Increasing the Divides in Urban Population

For many, creating an inclusive smart city means planning for the masses. In doing so you can elevate the urban population in similar ways to what we have seen in previous technological shifts. Others, however, point out that cities have not evolved to be inclusive, and they propose that focusing smart development on urban elements that are currently failing minority groups offers a much better way to achieve inclusivity. In a recent panel discussion on ‘The Invisible Smart City,’ urban designer Gil Peñalosa said, “we currently design our cities as though everyone is 30 and active”, leading to biased, inaccessible urban design that excludes what he calls the ‘silent majority’. This highlights an important point about inclusivity in our cities. "What would cities look like if they were designed by mothers?" Most cities seemed built by 'martians' who have no parents or children. No more cities exclusive for 30 yr old athletic; let's create cities […]

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