When I hear questions like, “why aren’t architects in Smart Cities?”, I would like to answer that architects should not be in Smart Cities. Cities are built by creative and qualified people. There must be creative, innovative citizens who are bent on sharing knowledge, ideas, and dreams.
Author Archives: Vitor Pereira
Beyond the Smart Cities fashion there are numerous challenges that have transformed the realization of the Smart projects into a slow and arduous process. Some of these challenges are evident and will continue into next year:
It's a new world that will soon be accessible to Portuguese engineers, creatives and entrepreneurs who “feel the same spirit” of risking everything for an idea, planning it out, and then executing it. “But don't think it has been easy”, says Felipe Lacerda, pointing out that the main obstacle is the lack of managers at public institutions willing to work with “small players”
People are not machines, and they have this curious tendency to continue to invent and create more problems. It is this divine interference in the Smart City’s matrix that makes this challenge so exciting.
The TM Forum event was like a monkey wrench that put in huge nuts and bolts and fixed them in place perfectly. It was the event they organized that showed Yinchuan to the world. And the Chinese city agreed to open up and show itself off. Firstly, with the China-Arab States Expo that was held there, and later with the initiatives announced to further advance the Smart City. One of these initiatives is the creation of the Smart Cities World Innovtion Centre in partnership with ZTE. The objective of this centre is to bring together international efforts to establish Smart Cities case studies, standards and good practices with the aim of serving cities and towns throughout the world.
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