Smart Cities from A to Z

by / April 29, 2014

More and more citizens of the world are choosing to live in urban settings over rural ones. The percentage exceeded 50 in 2010, and it’s only expected to rise. The smart city movement taking hold across the globe aims to ensure the long-term viability of these major population centers using intelligent technology and sustainable urban planning. 

New Economy recently named 20 global cities to watch as models for the 21st-century smart city. They’re thinking beyond just avoiding the crush of maxed-out resources and infrastructure. Can other forward-looking cities learn something from their examples? 

The top 20 cities are as follows, a few of which you can learn a little more about above:

  • Accra, Ghana
  • Curitiba, Brazil
  • Songdo, South Korea
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Zagreb, Croatia
  • Medellin, Colombia
  • Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Osaka, Japan
  • Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Groningen, Netherlands
  • Luxembourg (City), Luxembourg
  • Manila, Philippines
  • Mannheim, Germany
  • Riga, Latvia
  • San Francisco
  • Singapore
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada