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The Biggest Urban Challenges are being Ignored in the Smart City Agenda

In an article published on October 4th, we discussed how the technological evolution of buildings is creating a complex landscape of lifecycles across the system and structural elements in smart facilities. The article, based on our latest report, argues that in order to future proof a smart building we must find a system of design that accounts for the varied technology uptick times and the relatively long-term nature of the structure itself. Our cities are even longer-lived and future proofing problem even more complex — often tackling broad societal and environmental trends. “The ‘smart city’ has captured the world’s imagination, but policymakers and innovators have not yet built cities that are “smart” enough to survive the challenges of the 21st century. Our cities are unprepared for the future because three megatrends are poised to change the nature and purpose of urban life in the next 30 years,” states Wal van Lierop, President & CEO at […]

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