Special Reports

Inaugural report card on US smart city progress: “Disappointing”

Inaugural report card on US smart city progress: “Disappointing”

Of 24 cities, Seattle received the highest rating overall and St. Louis the lowest.

Podcast: Take off your tech goggles, with Ben Green, author of The Smart Enough City

Podcast: Take off your tech goggles, with Ben Green, author of The Smart Enough City

Green offers insights into why technology is not an end in itself and how cities can be “smart enough,” using technology to promote democracy and equity.

Costing the Earth: Funding city climate initiatives with green banks

Costing the Earth: Funding city climate initiatives with green banks

Green banks are on the rise as cities look for ways to fund essential work to prevent climate change and its effects.

Future energy systems: Decentralisation and virtual power plants

Future energy systems: Decentralisation and virtual power plants

Technological innovation and new trends could produce a much more flexible, resilient and efficient energy grid. Will regulators be bold enough to unleash the true power of these new systems?

More cities declare climate emergencies: Will it spur real change?

More cities declare climate emergencies: Will it spur real change?

Experts praise cities for highlighting the scale of the climate crisis but urge them to follow up with concrete actions.

Smart cities get their houses in order

Smart cities get their houses in order

Smart city conversations don’t typically encompass housing. That could be changing, writes Sarah Wray.

Autonomous passenger ferries: Congestion-buster or hype on the high seas?

Autonomous passenger ferries: Congestion-buster or hype on the high seas?

The world’s first autonomous passenger ferry demonstration took place off the coast of Finland last month. Are we set to see such services scale up?

Blockchain: Hype, hope and growing up in public

Blockchain: Hype, hope and growing up in public

A recent Smart Cities World event looked at where things currently stand with blockchain for smarter cities and how we proceed from here.

Empowering vulnerable citizens in smart cities

Empowering vulnerable citizens in smart cities

Smart city initiatives aim to make our lives easier but cities can’t be truly ‘smart’ if they fail to serve entire groups of society.

To make your city smarter, start with the kids

To make your city smarter, start with the kids

Rather than thinking about traffic, trash or telecommunications, children could be the unifying factor that pulls a smart city strategy together.