Future Cities: Fueling the Future by Mohd. Sadiq Khan

Future Cities: Fueling the Future

            Imagine a city of the future. Do you see clean streets, flying cars and robots doing all the work?

            “Or perhaps your vision is more dystopian”

Reality is no one really knows what the future holds, but we can predict and visualize, how our cities should be ….!!

Now almost 50% population lives in cities,

         By 2050  75% population live in cities (proj.)

The main challenge for today’s cities is to manage the heavy dependence on ecosystem services, which results in the depletion of natural resources and biodiversity and the efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change, while prioritizing public health and quality of life.

How are Sustainable cities created :

         In the other words, to create a sustainable urban environment, it is crucial to measure and assess policies, infrastructure, socio-economic factors, resource use, emission and any other processes that contribute to and profit from the cities metabolism, prosperity, and quality of life.

Building the Smart City: Advancing Six fields

Future Economy :

         “Future Economy” describes all actions aimed at transforming and strengthening a municipality’s economy.

         Improving the overall business climate, a city’s attractiveness for start-ups, investors, businessman and new (highly qualified) talent as well as growing the economy in an innovative and sustainable way to increase competitiveness are the most important goals.

         There should be the utilization of technology and intelligent approaches lead to economy prosperity to generate favourable condition for all stakeholders.

         Government should invest to their young population, provide them better jobs, education etc. To provide opportunities and provide condition that supports the creation and growth of business as well as new jobs.

Future Government :

         Future government is about strengthening the connection and interaction between the government and citizens of the civil society – within a municipality.

         A municipal government following a smart city strategy is uniquely positioned to reconsider the quality, scale, and scope of service for citizens and businesses that it offers.

         By utilizing new methodologies, such as co-creation or crowdsourcing, or by implementing new technology and innovation a smart government can be developed.

         Following a ‘city as a service’ model can help to increase efficiency and effectiveness as well as transparency and trust.

Smart and Future Mobility :

         Future mobility focuses on increasing the efficiency and service quality of urban transportation to urban transportation to enhance the use and adoption of new mobility solution as well as to increase people mobility through efficient mobility management and targeted infrastructure investments.

         To achieve faster, cheaper and environmentally friendly mobility as well as integrated multimodal transportation is an important challenge for cities and communities.

         To support the combination of multiple modes of public and private transport and adopting new forms of transportation. Eg. The electric vehicle, hydrogen-powered vehicle, autonomous vehicle, bike sharing, car sharing is an important aspect for a future-oriented strategic approach to foster ‘Smart mobility’.

         Visitors needed to achieve a high-quality mobility service and to ultimately improve the flow of people and goods within a city or community, while at the same time reducing the environmental impact.

Future Environment :

         Future environment describes how a municipal people manages the built and natural environment to improve livability citizens and visitors.

         To utilize new technology and innovative methodology support the implementation of regulatory and cultural changes that facilitate sustainable standards and practice . The reduction of waste production, monitoring and managing pollution, emission reduction, water management, achieve energy efficiency and accelerating the local energy transition are some important goals.

         Vertical tree plantation in the new planned cities can curb the environmental threats.

Future Living :

         Future living aims at increasing quality of life for residents and visitors by following an inclusive strategic approach across all age groups and demographics.

         Smart living focuses on improving social and digital inclusion e.g. use of electronic services, connectivity, social platforms.

         Improving healthcare and care for the elderly e.g. health, ambient assisted living safety housing condition and smart buildings.

         New methodologies for civic and social engagement as well as new technologies e.g. lot based on wifi or LPWA network technology are leveraged to improve.

Future People

         Future people aims at transforming the way citizens interact via information or the provision of services with the public and private sector as individual or business.

         To create social and digital inclusion digital equality through educational offers is an important prerequisite for the more efficient provision of information and service based on new technologies.

         Second, the future people is about the smart form of education to facilitate career choices, labour market opportunities, vocational training as well as lifelong learning for all age groups and demographics.

         Talent development is also an important aspect from an economic development perspective as an increasingly important location factor.

         Future people solution supports the creation of an accessible and inclusive environment to increase prosperity and innovation with a city or community. Participation, open-mindness and creativity are some aspects that are enabled or nurtured by implementing intelligent solution.

Future City Projects :

Dolphin Watching: In Dublin, a scheme to monitor water quality in Gateway Bay by counting marine life has inspired an app for fisherman and restaurants to see what the catch of the day will be.

City Pulse: Silicon Valley firm scream point has developed a city dashboard which takes the pulse of the city from energy usage, to waste management.

Algorithmic Apartment: at MIT a team of engineers is working on homes with robo-walls that can be moved depending on need.

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