What we can learn from the world’s top 3 smart cities

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You probably know there are more than 7 billion living humans on Earth, but have you noticed that between the years 1900 and 2000 the world’s population increase was three times greater than the entire previous history of humanity? Yes, this is an increase from 1.5 to 6.1 billion in just 100 years.

What you’ve just read is something to be concerned about. Just an example; a study from Brickell’s Downtown Development Authority said 66,769 people lived at Brickell City Centre, in 2010. This year it’s 88,540, with a forecast of 106,429 in 2021.

That means it’s going to be harder to live in the city; living places will become smaller, and if traffic is already a nightmare, what can we expect for the future?

Think about how this increase can impact the environment. According to the UN, crowded cities consume between 60 and 80% of all energy on earth, also they produce 75% of the emissions of polluting gasses. Don’t forget to consider resource scarcities, especially oil.

Afraid? Don’t worry — the ability to create more livable urban spaces and care for the environment are the main benefits of becoming a tech city.


  • The Project

    A city operating entirely on clean energy. In theory, it's possible. But in real life? How to integrate new solutions in existing buildings, systems and people's lives? What are the technical, economic or social barriers? And how to overcome these? That's what we've learned by doing in 20 projects in Grenoble and Amsterdam.

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  • Achieved Impacts

    • 20 innovations in Grenoble & Amsterdam
    • 35,000 tonnes CO2 saved per year
    • 76,000 m² renovated residential buildings
    • 10,000 dwellings connected to a Smart Grid