In the quest to improve efficiency and effectiveness, "smart" technologies are helping cities become more intelligent machines. But a growing chorus fears the side effects of increased privatization, surveillance, and technological sophistication.
May 20, 2013 The Boston Globe
While experts opine on what the city of the future will look like, Santander "has surged to the forefront of those aspiring to be smart." With 10,000 sensors collecting data and a custom app serving residents, the city is showing how smart is done.
Mar 15, 2013 Spiegel Online
Based on a new metric he's developed for defining the components of a smart city, Boyd Cohen ranks the top cities in Europe that are "working the hardest to be the most advanced urban landscape."
Nov 16, 2012 Fast Company Co.Exist
The fact that cities are becoming more technologically reliant and interconnected is good, right? But, what happens if the controls of the "smart city" fall into the wrong hands? A new video game explores such a scenario, writes Nate Berg.
Jun 6, 2012 The Atlantic Cities
Adie Tomer looks at how Vienna contributes to Europe's smart city movement through innovations in sustainability, place-making, and data utilization.
May 10, 2012 The New Republic
As cities increasingly turn to automated systems to maximize cost and efficiency, Will Doig asks who should man the controls.
Apr 23, 2012 Salon.com
Maggie Comstock looks at what it takes to be considered a "Smart City", and asks what an organizationally and infrastructurally challenged city like Atlanta can do to raise its IQ.
Apr 5, 2012 Sustainable Cities
Pete Swabey tells the tale of the development of smart city technology by IBM and Cisco, which has now reached a point of maturation in which significant lessons, economic opportunities, and future applications can be discerned.
Mar 5, 2012 Information Age
Cities in India and China, as well as in Dubai, are building smarter cities which spurs more investment and development.
Feb 22, 2011 Computing.co.uk
<em>Fast Company</em> runs down a list of the "smartest" cities in the world. First place goes to Songdo City, in South Korea.
Jan 8, 2011 Fast Company