Cities are undergoing major transformations, with digital systems increasingly managing critical infrastructure and public services. According to urban planner Anthony Townsend, “getting cities right” will have a major impact on how successfully humanity will cope with global challenges, including climate change and poverty. In an essay posted on Medium, he explains how urban policymakers can live up to this responsibility. getAbstract recommends Townsend’s analysis to policymakers and city dwellers everywhere.
In this summary, you will learn
- What “smart cities” are,
- How smart cities have evolved and
- How urban policymakers can guide the process of building smarter cities.
About the Author
Anthony Townsend, PhD, is an expert on the future of cities and information technology. He is the author of Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia.