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Technology is making cities Ďsmartí, but itís also costing the environment


Sawyer, Mark, Technology is making cities smart', but it's also costing the environment, The Conversation, Australia (2018) [Magazine Article]

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The Australian government has allocated A$50 million for the Smarter Cities and Suburbs Program to encourage projects that "improve the livability, productivity and sustainability of cities and towns across Australia".

One project funded under the program is installation of temperature, lighting and motion sensors in buildings and bus interchanges in Woden, ACT. This will allow energy systems to be automatically adjusted in response to peopleís use of these spaces, with the aim of reducing energy use and improving safety and security.

In similar ways, governments worldwide are partnering with technology firms to make cities "smarter" by retrofitting various city objects with technological features. While this might make our cities safer and potentially more user-friendly, we canít work off a blind faith in technology which, without proper design, can break down and leave a city full of environmental waste.

Item Details

Item Type:Magazine Article
Keywords:smart cities, internet of things, street furniture
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Design
Research Field:Industrial and product design
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in built environment and design
UTAS Author:Sawyer, Mark (Dr Mark Sawyer)
ID Code:138376
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Architecture and Design
Deposited On:2020-04-03
Last Modified:2020-04-07

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