A long post by Rick Robinson, Executive Architect at IBM specialising in emerging technologies and Smarter Cities, admonishes Smart Cities planners and designers not to overlook the social needs of cities and communities. After all, he says, the full purpose of cities is: to enable a huge number of individual citizens to live not just safe, but rewarding lives with their families.
His well thought-through and experience based reasoning is very much worth a read and ends with an in-depth discussion of six practical steps:
- Make institutions accessible
- Make infrastructure and technology accessible
- Support collaborative innovation
- Promote open systems
- Provide common services
- Establish governance of the information economy