A smart city is now seen as one that is unusually enjoyable, verdant, safe, secure, zero-emission, affordable, inclusive. It is increasingly capable of being independent in materials, energy, food, and water. It is resilient against impending challenges. This will require exceptionally good planning, management and adoption of advanced technologies. Ignore the people corrupting the term Smart City to mean trivial gadgets in cities or a playground for the computer industry pursuing people control.
Cities face huge challenges of desertification or rising sea levels, too many people coming in, local pollution, and so on. This webinar, therefore, concentrates on the big budgets and big objectives for smart cities and that means a 20-year view. Learn how just three cities together have nearly $1.5 trillion to spend, two being planned for deserts. See the split for the $1.7 trillion that will be spent on smart city hardware in 2042 alone with information and computer technology in an important support role. Understand how cities target independence in food, water, and energy with 100% electrification and deploy radically new forms of transport. There are a surprisingly large choice of technologies as, for example, food production comes mainly indoors and in water. What does solar everywhere mean in practice? Concrete is the most used man-made material and advanced concrete is coming for low carbon, longer life, combatting rising sea levels. Understand new forms for infrastructure, multifunctional ground surfaces, and more. See the membranes needed for everything from energy storage to desalination and architecture. Why are the new metamaterials and multifunctional systems so important?