Today, cities make up only two percent of our global landscape, but produce 70 percent of the world’s CO2. It’s evident our urban jungles could use some pruning, as the impact of numbers like these will only be amplified in the future: By 2050, the United Nations has estimated that two-thirds of the world’s population—the equivalent of nearly 6 billion people—will live in urban areas. Growing urbanization calls for ingenious cities, ones that are proactively working and improving to simultaneously meet demand and reduce strain on resources. By implementing solutions that optimize, automate, and digitize everyday activities—and improve quality of life—ingenious cities become advocates for their people, progress, and a promising future. Today’s most ingenious cities are doing just that, embracing resource-saving, energy-efficient technologies, intelligent infrastructure, smart power systems, and holistic, integrated hardware and software solutions.
To learn more about these innovations, explore the interactive city below by clicking through the list of innovations or the illuminated hot spots.