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August 05, 2010

Techonomy Cities as Solutions

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Cities as Solutions

Discussion leaders:
Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Discipline
Saskia Sassen, Columbia University
Padmasree Warrior, Cisco

Moderator: Rik Kirkland, McKinsey & Company

Urbanization history :
1800 3% in cities
1900 14%
2008 50%
2050 80%

Getting the most dense urbanization and do it right is the best way to enable wealth.

700 million more people in 10 years. 100s of new cities.
Padma - How do we deliver medical and other services to the city.
$100-150 billion/year market within the next ten years.
How do you make them smarter cities
How do you revitalize the existing cities
Working on a city in south Korea and with developments in USA too.
30% more energy efficient.


Saskia Sassen - is concerned about the risk of flattening and over-simplifying cities.

Most of civilizations innovations have been urban innovation. more innovation happens in cities because of more activity and faster activity with denser population.


I mentioned my city dome idea.

There is a discussion about crime in cities.

Talk about changing behavior
Cisco has a living City of the Future site

The Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) and Songdo Business District

Just 32 kilometers outside Seoul, a completely new kind of city is rising-the most ambitious urban development of its kind. The Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) and its Songdo Business District- currently being developed by Cisco partner Gale International-are living showcases for the city of the future and a perfect venue for our inaugural Sustainable Cities of the Future Conference.


Lavasa Corp. Ltd, Cisco and Wipro will collaborate on next-generation intelligent sustainable community, based on a shared vision of sustainable urbanisation of the Cisco Smart+Connected Communities initiative and Wipro's ICT solutions and services

Songdo IBD and Cisco: City of the Future Partners

Saskia Sassen - talks about self healing concrete and some microbe that infects concrete and causes some outgassing problem.

Steven Sprague mentioned that it would be better to verticalize manufacturing. Old textile mills were ten stories but now factories are just one single level on a lot of land.
19 2020. 19 cities will have more than 20 million people by 2020.

China is trying to create space with urban and rural. The cities like Shanghai cannot continue to expand into the countryside because farms are needed to feed Shanghai.

Urbanization is being driven by women. Go to the city for jobs and medical care. Allows them to get away from bad relationships in the rural areas.

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