Shao Weimin, vice-mayor of Wuhan, delivers a speech to the 2012 Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on Nov 15, 2012
The city is among the first batch of cities in China to pilot the smart city program, it is also the first city in the world to hold an open tender to global companies for intelligent city designs.
Forrester, a research and advisory firm, defines smart city as "the use of smart computing technologies to make the critical infrastructure components and services of a city—which include city administration, education, healthcare, public safety, real estate, transportation, and utilities—more intelligent, interconnected, and efficient."
Guess what it is?
"Design something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, accrues solar energy as fuel, makes complex sugars and food, creates microclimates, changes colors with the seasons, and self-replicates."Like it or not, China has become a workshop for the world, a laboratory for new technology and global talent seeking to realize their futuristic visions.
I will finish by showing you a new city we're designing for the Chinese government. We're doing 12 cities for China right now, based on cradle to cradle as templates. Our assignment is to develop protocols for the housing for 400 million people in 12 years. We did a mass energy balance -- if they use brick, they will lose all their soil and burn all their coal. They'll have cities with no energy and no food.
August 14, 2011 - CNN's Nadia Bilchik discusses a totally sustainable city being built in China.
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