The world’s urban population is expected to double by 2050. By 2030, six out of every ten people will live in a city and, by 2050, this figure will run to seven out of ten.
In real terms, the number of urban residents is growing by nearly 60 million people every year . As the planet becomes more urban, cities need to become smarter.
At its core, the idea of Smart Cities is rooted in the creation and connection of human capital, social capital and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure in order to generate greater and more sustainable economic development and a better quality of life.
Smart City solutions
Smart City solutions are developed and refined through Smart City initiatives, either as discrete projects or (more usually) as a network of overlapping activities.
Full presentation can be found here:
Prof. R. Gudauskas, ‘Sustainable Smart City Concept and Integrated Landscape Management‘ (pdf).