Are you curious about smart cities? You should be! By mid-century, the majority of people on Earth will live in cities.
A new book, “Smart Cities, Smart Future: Showcasing Tomorrow”, provides a richly detailed and carefully researched overview of the people, processes and technologies driving the smart cities movement globally. Written by Mike Barlow and Cornelia Lévy-Bencheton, the book includes a foreword by Di-Ann Eisnor, director of Area 120 at Google, and an introduction by Thomas Müller, co-founder and managing director of bee smart city GmbH.
This remarkable book is a window into our shared future. In crisp language and sharp detail, Mike Barlow and Cornelia Lévy-Bencheton explain how smart cities are powerful forces for positive change. With keen eyes and warm hearts, they invite readers to imagine the world of tomorrow, a fascinating world of connected cities and communities. They capture and convey the depth and richness of the worldwide smart city movement.
The book provides you with the knowledge and insight you need to participate in the smart city movement. It explains how smart cities are “systems of systems” and introduces key concepts such as interoperability, open standards, resiliency, agility, adaptability and continuous improvement.
Within the next 20 years, the world will have more than 43 mega-cities with populations of at least 10 million. Clearly, the world of tomorrow will be a world of cities.
But will those cities be smart cities? Will they be vibrant places where we want to live, work, and raise families? Or will the cities of tomorrow merely repeat the mistakes and errors of past generations, creating lifeless urban landscapes of towering office buildings, bland high-rise apartments, and bleak open spaces?
This carefully researched new book provides answers and solutions to the questions and challenges facing governments, companies and citizens living in cities all over the world. It paints an optimistic and energetic picture of the future, without glossing over the problems and risks.