“Should not we reconsider the term 'smart cities'? If we speak about people in the center of the complex systems, 'smart cities' can be replaced with 'wise cities.' Wisdom refers to the rich history of human experience and culture. So let’s embrace the complexity of the world instead of imagining a technologically perfect future machine.”—Someone from the audience at Social Cities of Tomorrow conference in Amsterdam.
Barcelona Hosts Smart City Expo
In 2050, 75% of the world population will live in an urban environment. The constant population growth will require an urgent reflection on how these spaces will absorb and facilitate the life of their inhabitants. Fira de Barcelona’s new event, Smart City Expo & World Congress, which will be held from 29 November to 2 December, responds to each of the challenges that will arise with this scenario and redefines current cities. The congress will be the meeting point for sector professionals, heads of public administrations and experts, who will give the keys to understanding the workings and development of cities of the future, known as smart cities.
The concept ‘Smart City’ refers to cities that, seeking to increase the quality of life of their inhabitants, develop technological improvements in order to create urban environments that are not only more liveable but also more efficient in the management of available resources, whether they be energy, water or air quality. This need has led to high tech companies from different fields providing large cities with new technological applications, which also means a new business opportunity.
Speakers include, amongst others:
- Carlo Ratti - MIT SENSEable City Lab
- Adam Greenfield - Urbanscale
- Neil Gershenfeld - MIT Center for Bits & Atoms
- Vicente Guallard - Ayuntamiento de Barcelona
- Michael Braungart - EUR
- Enric Ruiz-Geli - Cloud 9
- Gunter Pauli - ZERI Foundation
29 November - 2 December 2011