As they concentrate the majority of the world’s population and economic activities, megapolises are naturally becoming a testing ground for mass adoption of new technologies. Development companies, together with municipal authorities and technology corporations, are creating urban neighbourhoods and entire cities where “smart” technologies – innovative construction materials, the “internet of things,” and IT in the transport and public utilities fields – are being integrated even in the construction phase. Even as these cities are using their technical infrastructure to outpace historical urban centres, which developed over the course of centuries but are only now starting to integrate similar “smart” solutions into their environment, these new developments are encountering unexpected problems of their own. What are the pros and cons of creating cities “from scratch?” How is the concept of “smart” cities evolving, and what will it look like in the near future?
Candidate of Science City Design and Development Group in the Department of Urban Research and Planning, researcher with Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Author of «Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia»
Deputy Akim of Astana
Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford for the Future of Cities Program, COMPAS, InSIS
American blog author of the book "The vertical farm - Feeding the World in the 21st Century"
Vice-Minister of Information and Communications of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Deputy General Director of ACP "PIT"
architect, President of The Geller Group, Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Sustainable Development at Simon Fraser University