Urenio Watch Watch: Intelligent Cities / Smart Cities

Sustainable is not enough

The post revisits concepts such as smart or intelligent cities, resilient cities and liveable cities and juxtaposes two models of urbanism: ‘Petropolis’ and ‘Ecopolis’.

‘˜Petropolis’ is concerned only with the import and export of resources to and from the urban fabric, regardless of ecological impacts elsewhere while ‘˜Ecopolis’ considers the city as embedded within its ecological setting, managing and regenerating the surrounding ecosystems as much as the resource needs of its urban area.

Anna Leidreiter argues that

the challenge today is no longer just to create sustainable cities but truly  regenerative cities: to assure that they do not just become resource-efficient and low-carbon-emitting, but that they positively enhance rather than undermine the ecosystem services they receive from beyond their boundaries.

Source:  Global Urbanist