In many ways, the smart city concept is simply good urban planning that incorporates both advances in digital technology and new thinking in the age-old city concepts of relationships, community, environmental sustainability, participatory democracy, good governance and transparency. Often, the intelligent city concept involves a re-urbanization of cities, encouraging urbanites to focus their time, energy and abilities to the ongoing urban project through a new layer of electronic connectivity. A virtuous circle is thus formed, in which the city empowers its citizens to power its evolution, creating a positive feedback loop. Above all, smart cities are interactive cities.
Start with water – fast-moving water – and lots of it. Add light – lasers, LED, projectors, and even fire. Mix in music, recorded or live, and make it loud. The result is pure aquatic magic! URBAN HUB looks at some of the best urban water & light shows on the planet.