Smart Cities and Urban Planning

How can ‘smart cities’ harness connected technology, better design and innovative policy to become healthier, safer, richer and more equitable? In the coming phase of urban development, there is a risk that smart tech and economic growth will chiefly benefit the private sector and those already at the top. We report on how cities can be not just smarter, but fairer.

Meanwhile, the excitement about tech-infused ‘smart cities’ risks distracting attention from the issues that determine how cities are to actually live in: is the urban design conducive to good health and the pursuit of happiness? Does the way the city is arranged bind its residents to each other, or does it entrench inequality and social segregation? We report on what’s working around the world. This strand of our cities reporting is a collaboration with our partner the Bernard van Leer Foundation.

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