Smart Cities in Southeast Asia: Resilience, Sustainability, Mobility, Safety, and Economic Development

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By Dominique Bonte | 2Q 2019 | IN-5487


Diverse Urban Challenges and Drivers for Adopting Smart Cities Approaches


Cities across Southeast Asian countries face a diverse set of challenges. These range from putting in place basic infrastructure to fuel the local economy in some of the poorest countries like Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia to making sure that the economy is not coming to a halt in the more developed and/or fast-growing economies like Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia, which are facing increasing levels of congestion, pollution, and pressures from tourism, prompting sustainability efforts ranging from vehicle electrification and car sharing to eco-tourism and renewable energy generation. As an extreme measure to counter urbanization problems, the Philippines has embarked on building two cities from scratch, New Manila Bay and New Clarke City, deploying state-of-the-art livability and sustainability paradigms for the city of the future.

Additionally, issues common to most cities in Southeast Asia include vulnerability to natural disasters like flooding, earthquakes, and typhoons as well as inequality (urban-rural divide) and roa…

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