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WEEK 3: Leading TechniCities
“Leading TechniCities…Better Stories for Smart Cities… Smart Cities in China… Cities as Saviors… Creative Commons and Open Source Resources…”
Summaries Context: Leading TechniCities Context: Better Stories for Smart Cities Context: Smart Cities in China Context: Cities as Saviors Instructional: Creative Commons and Open Source Resources
Going to dive into what cities around the world are doing.
Be it smart buildings, smart gardens, or renewable energy, there is a lot of creative thinking going on about how to create more sustainable cities.
Singapore built Gardens By the Bay, and the goal was to become an eco-tourist destination.
Mexico City is experimenting with technology to allow buildings to absorb this nearby smog,
Vienna decided to start a citizen solar power plant.
Sydney, Australia, designed a project called Smart Grid, Smart City.
Songdo, South Korea, senses almost everything, from temperature, energies and traffic flow.
Enkanini, South Africa, aims to become a smart test town.
Context: Better Stories for Smart Cities
How can we adapt these big information infrastructures to the needs of little people, little organizations, and communities?
The place to start is not with infrastructure, it is with places, and people.
Examples from Birmingham, Sunderland, Dublin, San Francisco, Singapore etc.
There is tremendous potential to produce new information based marketplaces that could support more sustainable city systems.
We need to start telling stories about how our lives in smarter cities might get better.
How should cities to handle all these very radical technological advances which will shape the way cities develop and function? The initially surprising response: have more cups of tea. It is a very soft idea, but I think a very important one.
Context: Smart Cities in China
Detailed case study of China’s Tangshan Caofeidian International Eco-city.
Context: Cities as Saviors
When cities and urban areas are the engines of productivity, the connections between economic, environmental, and the social are essential to understanding sustainable intelligent cities
Good examples include:
Vancouver is usually chosen as the best or second best city to live in the world due to its high quality of life;
Copenhagen is the first capital city in the world with the goal of reaching 0 emissions of CO2 by the year 2025;
Curitiba implemented the first system of fast bus transport in the whole world
Medellin has a cable car system that helps transport poor people who live in the hills.
Instructional: Creative Commons and Open Source Resources
Creative Commons allows people to openly share their content as it is a way to specify the kind of use allowed.
You can also specify the degree to which you want to allow modification of your work, allow commercial use of your work etc.
Step-by-step explanation of how to look for and use Creative Commons pictures.
There are also other open source materials e.g. code from GitHub, that has been posted by other people.
photo: depositphotos/ franckito