- Sep 05, 2019
- Aug 19, 2019
In North America alone, more than 81% of people are in urban areas. Latin America and the Caribbean practically equaled the US with 80% urbanization, with Europe being third with 74%. In Asia the index is at (49%). Already in Africa, (41%).
The context encourages the construction of megaprojects of smart cities, built from scratch with major companies or brands behind them. See below some of these fantastic cities.
Japan - Fujisawa Sutainable Smart Town
Conceived by Panasonic and seven other Japanese and one US companies, Fujisawa Sutainable Smart Town (Fujisawa SST) is fully sustainable, environmentally friendly and highly humanized. With an estimated investment of $ 1.3 billion, the city has smart grid, solar energy and batteries in each house, interconnected street lighting, and public roads designed for bicycles, pedestrians and electric vehicles. Residents can still track application-generated spend and identify which equipment consumes the most energy.
Fuel-powered cars are not welcome in the city. There are smart spots, places where residents can rent bikes and electric vehicles. Reservations can be made through the living room TV set, for example.
Malaysia - Forest City
Designed to house 700,000 people, Malaysia's Forest City will be 14 square kilometers, four times larger than New York's Central Park. The venture will have no cars. Plant-covered skyscrapers aim to reduce noise and air pollution. The work is expected to be completed by 2035 and could generate 220,000 jobs.
Sri Lanka - Port of Colombo
The Port City of Colombo will be built on reclaimed land and artificially extends the coast of Sri Lanka to over 200 hectares in the Indian Ocean, the world's busiest shipping route. It is strategically positioned to become one of the most important independent investment centers. The venture could boost Sri Lanka's economic position in the world.
The developers, Belmont Brothers, say the city will focus on quality of life and internet connectivity. 182,000 residents and autonomous cars and intelligent traffic lights are expected to minimize congestion.