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What makes a "smart city"?
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A balance of environment and equity
Mar 23, 2015 Vasilia Y
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While smart cities typically involve some higher level of technology, the green and humanistic aspects are what round out the concept of a "smart" city. Since the term is so multifaceted, I think that a successful smart city should balance several functions. By switching to renewable energy sources and by employing more passive means of energy collection/heating & cooling/etc., pollution is reduced. Pollution reduction leads to better environmental health and human health. It is pertinent to include human equity as an aspect of a smart city. Most of the materials covered concentrate on the tech aspects, but Rick Robinson of IBM pointed out that smart cities need to balance 'big' infrastructure with 'little' people in order to keep the city system fair and balanced.


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