It’s time to imagine cities in a new and dynamic way

What is a SMART City?

The concept of smart cities is not static, it is fluid. There is no absolute definition, no end point, but rather a process, or series of steps, by which cities become more ‘liveable’ and resilient and able to respond quicker to new challenges.

SMART cities bring together technology, government and society, where investments in human and social capital and traditional (transport) and modern (ICT) communication infrastructure fuel sustainable economic development and a high quality of life, with wise management of natural resources, through action and engagement with its residents.

SMART cities offer sustainability in terms of economic activities and employment opportunities to a wide section of residents, regardless of their level of education, skills or income levels.

What is a CLARA SMART City?

Imagine new cities where data is open, energy’s renewable, water is valued, homes are affordable and people can live within 10 minutes of all they need. Cities where world class healthcare meets high tech education. Where new and existing businesses will converge to create more vibrant regional economies. Cities built to unlock all human potential. Cities made possible by high speed rail that can place citizens in our capitals in less time than a morning commute. These are the regional cities CLARA is building.

smart city =

a smart economy
+ smart transport/mobility
+ a smart environment
+ smart living
+ smart governance
+ smart people
+ smart healthcare
+ smart buildings
+ smart energy
+ smart society
+ smart home

"Using the analogy of technology being obsolete as soon as the next generation is available, a "smart city" must exhibit similar thinking. A smart city cannot be built or bought in a "one and done" manner but must continually seek a "future ready" state. Thus, a smart city relies on a culture of governance that is open to innovation, potential disruption and adaptive to change in order to avoid obsolescence."

APRIL 2016