It won’t just be mobility. Nor the economy. Nor habitability resources or implementation proposals. The whole world will, or will not be, smart.
Smart Cities began as the global response to 21st century problems. In this regard, the mission of Smart City Lab is to disseminate this vast concept that is becoming increasingly urgent as pressure increases as a result of challenges such as climate change and disorderly population growth patterns. The information age has brought us to the next significant turning point in the history of mankind, making it more important than ever to analyse the functioning and even the actual values of a city as we understand it today.
This new vision of urban design requires concepts such as public and private transportation to be looked at again, but also other more deep-rooted concepts such as property ownership and the use of houses, the search for work, health services and even interpersonal relations, while also serving as an incubator for new economic development formulas and focusing more closely on social dynamics. Cities, together with their inhabitants, must adapt to a new and changing world.
This blog of Smart City Lab was created as a collective discussion platform – for people, institutions and businesses, regarding the existing urban development model and the challenges it faces. We believe that technology may be the lever which, based on citizen-centric initiatives, can move the world towards a more sustainable, efficient, inclusive and human future.
As part of its main mission, since 2011, the Smart City Lab and Fira Barcelona have been organising in Barcelona the Smart City Expo World Congress, the leading international event on urban innovation for companies, agencies and cities across the world. Its work has been complemented with other local editions held in countries including Argentina, Brazil, India, Japan, Morocco, Mexico and United States.
Over five thousand years ago, the first cities emerged around fertile river valleys. The time has come to build a new concept for everyone.