10 Cities Taking a Nature-Driven Approach to Innovation
“It’s not enough for the country’s most advanced and sophisticated cities to be at the forefront of technological innovation with ‘smart’ parking meters or informational kiosks,” wrote Skip Descant in an article published in Government Technology magazine. He writes about smart cities, the Internet of Things, transportation and other areas.
“They also need to be sustainable and show an ability to preserve natural areas, according to Anil Ahuja, an engineering professional regarded as the “Smart Cities Guru” and author of the 2016 book Integration of Nature and Technology for Smart Cities.”
Who is Anil Ahuja?
Having experienced what it was like to live in a refugee camp in India and grow up with limited resources such as power, water and food, Ahuja has dedicated his life’s work to sustainability and leading a movement to design cities and systems that will protect the earth and the people who live on it.
Ahuja has compiled the Top Ten U.S. Cities Integrating Nature & Technology report to highlight which cities are leaders at balancing new technology with good nature policies.
To Learn More:
To download a copy of the report, visit Smart Cities Guru: Helping Cities Thrive
To read the complete article by Skip Descant, download 10 Cities Taking a Nature-Driven Approach to Innovation.
Integration of Nature and Technology for Smart Cities
Published in 2016, Integration of Nature and Technology for Smart Cities is a resumption of the work “Integrated M/E Design: Building Systems Engineering” published by Anil Ahuja in 1997.
Together with an international group of authors from the engineering, urban planning, and architecture fields, Mr. Ahuja discussed new trends and paradigms in the smart buildings and smart city sectors and extended the topic of the previous publication from the building to the entire city.
“A smart, sustainable building is not just about the building itself,” stated Anil Ahuja. “There are things happening in the inside of the building and on the outside. A smart building connects the inside with the outside, provides efficiencies on both sides, synchronizes the outside infrastructure with its inside systems, and integrates nature and its occupants in its design.
“A smart building doesn’t just provide technology solutions. It is about constant exchange between the inside and the outside of the building, the contribution of the building to the quality of the entire neighborhood and the rest of the city, how the smart building can connect people in a sharing community, and how technology can be the key to make it happen.”