At Smart Cities Week in Washington, D.C., Eden presented at the “International Smart Cities: Lessons from Abroad” panel, sharing its recent work on how developments at the scale of a smart estate can allow for tighter integration and coordinated service delivery than at the smart district or city level, with many self-contained, Citizen-Centric, Circular Smart Estates aggregating to accelerate the development of smart cities.
Homelessness remains a global challenge in many cities, and it could be ironic how some cities are investing in smart technologies, when a most basic need of its citizens – a shelter over their heads – is not always available even in many first-world countries. As unpopular as this topic might be, it’s time to put the homelessness challenge back on the city agenda: If our city is so smart, why haven’t we applied ourselves to solving homelessness?
There is perhaps no better opportunity to launch our monthly blog than by addressing the catastrophic flood in Kerala. Natural disasters such as flooding in Kerela, Chennai, and even Bhubaneswar (ranked in our Top 50 for its Government's commitment to youth-led smart city programmes) remind us of the importance of urban resilience as a key smart city objective.