Akon finalises deal to create his own cryptocurrency city in Senegal

Senegalese-American singer Akon says he has signed an agreement with the government of Senegal to build a city with a cryptocurrency-based economy named Akon City. “Just finalized the agreement for Akon City in Senegal,” Akon tweeted earlier this week. “Looking forward to hosting you there in the future.” The singer initially announced plans to create a city in […]

BIG and Toyota reveal city of the future at base of Mount Fuji in Japan

Danish architecture studio BIG is designing a “prototype city of the future” with wooden buildings and autonomous vehicles for Japanese car company Toyota near Mount Fuji in Japan. Named Woven City, the first phase of development on the site of a former car-factory will be home to 2,000 people who will test the vehicles, robotics and smart […]

Partisans to turn Canadian town into “city of the future” The Orbit

Architecture studio Partisans has unveiled plans to transform a Canadian town into a smart community, combining fibre optics, autonomous vehicles and drone ports within a rural setting. The Toronto firm has developed the proposal for Innisfil, Canada, a primarily agrarian and residential town 60 kilometres north of Toronto. Called The Orbit, the proposal aims to […]

Sidewalk Labs advances plans for Toronto smart city

Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs is moving forward with its ambition to create a smart neighbourhood in Toronto, after addressing a number of “critical issues” in its initial scheme. Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto, which enlisted the Alphabet subsidiary to oversee the development, released new details of the conditions for the scheme yesterday. The update follows […]

Stefano Boeri unveils Smart Forest City covered in 7.5 million plants for Mexico

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has unveiled plans to create a forested smart city in Cancun, Mexico, that is designed to be a “pioneer” of more eco-efficient developments. Smart Forest City Cancun is intended to be built on a 557 hectare site near the Mexican city. According to the architect it will contain 7.5 million plants, […]

Sidewalk Labs reveals masterplan for Sidewalk Toronto neighbourhood

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs has outlined its Toronto Tomorrow masterplan to turn a parcel of the city’s waterfront into the “neighbourhood of the future”. Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, unveiled the updated proposal for Sidewalk Toronto in its Master Innovation & Development Plan (MIDP). Released 18 months after the team first announced plans to develop a […]

UNStudio masterplans smart city in Bangalore

Dutch practice UNStudio has unveiled a masterplan for Karle Town Centre, a garden-filled smart city in Bangalore where buildings will be covered in cooling white paint. Karle Town Centre (KTC), which will be built alongside the Manyata Tech Park, is designed to be an attractive place for workers and their families to live in Bangalore, dubbed […]

“China is one of the best places for experimenting” with urban technology says Carlo Ratti

All eyes should be on China in the race to develop smart cities, says architect Carlo Ratti, who is co-curating this year’s Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in Shenzhen. China offers unique perspectives on how technology can be used to improve public space, according to Ratti, and international architects and urban planners can learn a lot. “Probably […]

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