Smartness and Urbanity
863 million people live in slums about 1/3 of all urban dwellers in the planet. While we discuss in the 2016 AAAS session whether or not smart cities are utopia or a data deluge – over the next 90 minutes - approximately 4,800 persons will be added to the slums in the world. Whether one sees smart cities as a challenge to manage or an unreachable dream depends where one lives and how we define smart cities. The fact that over the next 35 years humanity will need to figure out how to build cities for the same amount of persons it has taken 10,000 years requires us to be smart – or the be doomed. Just as the Green Revolution spared malthusian prediction of chromic global famine we need to have a brown revolution to accommodate the vast new urban population. I will propose that Smart Cities are neither Utopic or unmanageable Data Deluges, rather, smart cities will be defined as a broad array of solutions – a process- that can conceived and applied in a differentiated way to make it possible for the world to urbanize in a sustainable manner. With the anticipation in 2016 of the vicennial United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development….as well as the adoption of the UN sustainable Development Goals – especially goal number 11 on urban development - it is opportune to think of smart cities in a truly global manner. I will outline a vision of what smart cities approach may look like for the emerging cities and the important role of impact smart planning, building and managing cities.