How does a city get to be ‘smart’? This is how Tel Aviv did it

Smart cities, digital cities, virtual cities, connected cities. Are these just trendy buzzwords? Christine Steinmetz takes a look. These types of cities are supported by infrastructure that is more than bricks and mortar. These cities are smart (thoughtful, people-centric), digital (driven by data acquisition, measured, analysed and sometimes exchanged) and virtual (experiential). And, as a […]

Five ways buildings of the future will use biotech to become living things

Can buildings become a part of nature? Martyn Dade-Robertson, co-director of the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment, Newcastle University, lists five ways buildings of the future might become living, breathing things. What if our homes were alive? I don’t mean smart homes with the disembodied voice of Alexa deciding the setting for your living room […]

Technology is making cities ‘smart’ but it’s also costing the environment

The Australian government has allocated $50 million for the Smarter Cities and Suburbs Program to encourage projects that “improve the livability, productivity and sustainability of cities and towns across Australia”. Mark Sawyer, lecturer in Architecture, University of Western Australia, takes a look at the environmental costs of smart cities. One project funded under the program […]

How autonomous transport will shape our cities’ future

A unique opportunity exists for infrastructure investment in Australia as transport as we know it faces disruption from autonomous vehicles, says Peter Newman Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University. Disruption is not a dirty word. Traditional transport models are being transformed for the better by savvy young upstarts: the taxi industry by Uber, for instance, and even […]

Freestate’s Adam Scott on smart cities vs human cities