What makes a city smart? Technology can’t solve all Winnipeg’s problems.

Susan Huebert, CBC News, april 1, 2018

At the City of Winnipeg's Smart Cities Challenge public forum on March 5, the purpose was to discuss ways that Winnipeg could win $50 million through the federal government's Smart Cities Challenge, which "encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.

The Winnipeg forum focused on ideas that would help solve the city's problems in one of four areas: intelligent mobility (traffic congestion, train crossings, etc.), smart transit, smart buildings and infrastructure, or safety and health.


China has the highest number of smart city pilot projects

China started piloting national smart city development in 2012 to encourage use of the latest technology, such as artificial intelligence and Internet of Things, to help the flow of traffic, improve law enforcement and make public buildings more energy efficient.
Over 1,000 smart city pilot projects are ready for or are under construction worldwide and China is home to about 500 of them, covering big and small cities, according to a report by the international consulting firm Deloitte. China aims to nurture 100 new smart cities from 2016 to 2020 to lead the country's urban planning and development, the report said.

The Economic Times, april 2, 2018.

Stefano Boeri designs first tree-covered social-housing project

Italian architect Stefano Boeri is bringing his vertical forest model to a social-housing project in Eindhoven, to show how green homes can be provided at affordable rents.

Trudo Vertical Forest is a proposal for a 19-storey building boasting the same tree-covered balconies as the celebrated Bosco Verticale towers in Milan, completed by Stefano Boeri Architetti back in 2014, and many of the studio's other recent designs.

But it marks the first time the architect has proposed using foliage-filled towers for social housing.

The project aims to provide 125 homes, which will be rented out at affordable rates and made available to low-income groups in the Dutch city. These compact one-bedroom apartments are expected to suit to young, single occupants and couples., jan 16, 2018