Urban Generative Design: The End Game for Smart Cities

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By Dominique Bonte | 3Q 2019 | IN-5594


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The way cities are designed and upgraded is about to fundamentally change due to the emergence of urban generative design. The smart cities conundrum has so far mainly been dominated by the Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm, attaching connected sensors to the built urban environment including buildings, road infrastructure, and utilities, allowing optimized management, preventive maintenance, and other types of efficiency improvements and cost savings. However, adding an IoT platform to Operational Technology (OT) infrastructure by definition only represents an incremental step toward managing existing urban assets more efficiently.

Something far bigger is now appearing on the horizon in the form of the automated, generative design of urban environments, both brownfield and greenfield. In fact, it is an illusion to believe that adding just a shallow layer of IoT technology to legacy urban environments will allow cities to address the urban challenges of the future, ranging from the provision of sustainable energy to…

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