City Profile

Our Smart Cities World City Profiles explore the world’s leading cities as they seek to use technology and smarter approaches to deliver better services and improve quality of life for citizens.

By 2050, the UN predicts, 70 per cent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Every week, another 1.5 million people around the globe move into a city. For city administrators, this unprecedented growth, encouraged – and accompanied – by unprecedented technological change presents a myriad of challenges, big and small, social and economic, human and technological, logistical and environmental.


This series explores individual cities, identifying their most pressing challenges and how technological innovation is helping to manage them.

Special Reports

Outdoor offices, millions of plants and super canals: First look at plans for Smart Forest City Cancun

The development in Mexico is Stefano Boeri’s most ambitious forest city yet, covering a 557-hectare site. Largely food self-sufficient and powered by solar panels, it aims to be a "pioneer" for smart cities.
Outdoor offices, millions of plants and super canals: First look at plans for Smart Forest City Cancun

Special Reports

Outdoor offices, millions of plants and super canals: First look at plans for Smart Forest City Cancun

The development in Mexico is Stefano Boeri’s most ambitious forest city yet, covering a 557-hectare site. Largely food self-sufficient and powered by solar panels, it aims to be a "pioneer" for smart cities.