By 2050, over 70 percent of the world's population will live in cities. The rate of urbanization is staggering: more than 400 million people in China and 215 million people in India will migrate from villages to cities by 2015.
We are moving into a brave new world where knowledge will become an inexhaustible commodity and transform not just our economies but more deeply our sense of who we are -- and "not just for a generation, but forever."
PSFK Labs chats with Ayesha Khanna, director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, which explores the practical implications of what she refers to as ‘human-technology co-evolution in the Hybrid Age', on how new technologies are changing the way we interact with our environment.
Stockholm was named the first European Green Capital in 2010. Since then, green innovation has become a pillar of Swedish national competitiveness. By 2050, Stockholm hopes to turn green into gold by exporting smart power to an energy-conscious world.
TV Interview with Brian Lehrer
Curitiba may be the original smart city. In the early 1960s, it was plagued by sprawl and congestion. Architect Jaime Lerner responded with the Curitiba master plan, an urban-design strategy whose centerpiece was an affordable and efficient transportation system.