As the world is undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in history, increasing from approximately 3.4 billion in 2009 to 6.4 billion in 2050, there is a growing movement to turn cities into meccas for sustainable living.
A paradigm shift is taking place as society moves away from single focused processes toward a systems-thinking approach; re-thinking the way cities are designed and built to make them ‘smart’ in preparation for the projected population increases.
The 7th annual Meeting of the Minds summit, organized by the Urban Age Institute, convened thought leaders, corporate executives and decision-makers this past September. Meeting of the Minds is a global leadership summit focused on helping cities become smarter, more connected and sustainable through the exchange of cutting edge information about next generation infrastructure, urban development solutions and technological advancements. Smart cities are sustainable, resilient and efficient. Sustainability is about interweaving economic, social and environmental elements to develop holistic and adaptive policy processes; thus creating more resilient communities.
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