Boyd Cohen “…emerging trends … brand new cities…”

Boyd Cohen, climate strategist, author and researcher:
“One of the fascinating emerging trends will be the introduction and evolution of brand new cities which are being built from the ground up with smart cities in mind.”

Based on his definition of Smart City “Smart cities use information and communication technologies (ICT) to be more intelligent and efficient in the use of resources, resulting in cost and energy savings, improved service delivery and quality of life, and reduced environmental footprint-all supporting innovation and the low-carbon economy.” Cohen published a list of the Top 10 smartest cities on the globe as a result of his research. I was quite surprised to see Vienna in first place and Amsterdam not listed:

1) Vienna
2) Toronto
3) Paris
4) New York
5) London
6) Tokyo
7) Berlin
8) Copenhagen
9) Hong Kong
10) Barcelona


Successfactor “City Management”

The high youth unemployment in southern Europe on the one hand and the demand for young professionals in northern Europe on the other shows, that the existing silo mentality lead to a dead end road. The traditional, segment focussed way led to the situation as we see it today – that applies for the supranational level as well as cascading down on national, regional and municipal level.

The self-concept of german towns is expressed in the termination applied. Authorities “administer” rather than “manage” or “create” city (“Stadt’verwaltung’” instead of “Stadt’gestaltung’” or “Stadt’management’”).
Asian cities are more streamlined and top down organized, e.g. Singapore.
New York has an office for “long-term planning” this is institutionalisation of sustainability.
However there is an indicator that this “business logic” is changing as cities in Germany and Austria start setting up own companies to handle sustainable projects.

It is time to open the minds for new ways forward as we see where the silo mentality has led.