Special Reports

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.

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?

To co-create better cities, meet people where they are

To co-create better cities, meet people where they are

Simply asking people what they want through consultations, surveys and focus groups isn’t enough – cities have to reach a much broader range of people and move towards true ‘co-creation’.

Building what's next: Construction innovation could crack 'wicked' city problems

Building what's next: Construction innovation could crack 'wicked' city problems

Jon Glasco rounds up the latest innovation from the BBConstrumat show and its potential impact on smart city goals.

Funding smart cities: Where’s the money?

Funding smart cities: Where’s the money?

A report by SmartCitiesWorld found that funding is the biggest challenge to implementing a smart city strategy. So how can cities confront this?

Digital democracy as a response to the gilets jaunes – lessons learned

Digital democracy as a response to the gilets jaunes – lessons learned

French MP Paula Forteza talks to SmartCitiesWorld about the lessons learned from this large-scale consultation exercise and details how France has tried to channel the anger seen on its streets into positive public engagement.

CRM for cities: Chief Innovation Officer looks to put Carlsbad on the connected community map

CRM for cities: Chief Innovation Officer looks to put Carlsbad on the connected community map

Carlsbad’s new Chief Innovation Officer is looking to go beyond the city delivering basic services, towards offering Amazon-like user experience for citizens.

Podcast: Addressing the smart cities skills gap

Podcast: Addressing the smart cities skills gap

Smart cities are about people – and that includes the workers required to drive the transformation. Sarah Wray examines the skills challenge facing cities.

Is the M9 ‘micro smart city’ the future for Venice?

Is the M9 ‘micro smart city’ the future for Venice?

The M9 development houses Italy’s first digital museum and has been dubbed a ’micro-smart city’. Can it better unite Venice and offer takeaways for other European cities too?

Smart cities are futuristic but they must also learn from the past

Smart cities are futuristic but they must also learn from the past

Mike Barlow and Cornelia Lévy-Bencheton look at what smart cities must learn from the past if they are to deliver their promise.