And what’s the future of the car (at a moment when some are predicting its extinction)? What new technology innovations will change the way cities are planned while altering the many ways city-dwellers travel within and between cities? How close are we to realizing ‘personal mobility’ visions that have been imagined for decades? What shifts in regulation, investment and policy need to occur in order to mainstream the next generation of advanced technology?
Our future lies in cities that are efficient, sustainable and liveable. It is not only a challenge of relentless innovation in technology and business models - it is also a need for broad collaboration at a scale unprecedented in human history. How can we make future cities a reality? By balancing long-term sustainability vision and planning with shortterm economics. In this presentation, we will share our experience and the lessons learned as we make cities across the world smarter.
Digital LED lighting systems are revolutionizing the lighting industry. These systems, which combine energy-saving light-emitting diode bulbs with wireless technology, enable new ways of integrating lighting into public spaces and neighborhoods. Light- ing networks can be connected to other urban-systems applications as well, creating new efficiencies for increasingly intelligent cities. The session will provide valuable background knowledge on information and communications technology as well as LED. In addition, participants will take away practical ideas on how to integrate these elements into public spaces.
In urban areas, automotive emissions are responsible for at least 50% of air pollution. Vehicles that run on cleaner-burning fuels derived from natural gas, and hybrid and all- electric vehicles, have the potential to reduce these emissions. But the relative abundance and low cost of conventional gasoline means that alternative fuels are unlikely to be adopted more widely in the U.S. without sweeping regulatory and tax policy changes. Peter Wells, Chairman, Neftex Petroleum Consultants, explains the hurdles toward moving toward a cleaner-burning fuel environment.
Leading commercial real estate stakeholders have long staked out a leadership role in exploring sustainable design and development practices which voluntarily exceed minimum legal requirements. But how can real estate investors and owners measure ongoing progress toward long-term sustainability goals while taking short-term and incremental actions to achieve them? How can the globalized commercial real estate industry benchmark ongoing progress across international geographies, markets and property types?
From the most recognized symbol of New York City, to the streets of Boston and San Francisco, find out how cities are building a sense of community, while lowering their energy costs and environmental impact through smart LED lighting technologies.
- Susanne Seitinger, Director of City Innovations, Philips Color Kinetics