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The Role of Technology in Urban Design

the role of technology in urban design
The Role of Technology in Urban Design


Over the past few decades, cities have seen an unprecedented growth in population, accompanied by an increase in traffic and air pollution. This growth in population will result in a projected increase in the energy demand for cities of 50% by next year, and further increasing with the use of new technologies.

How Technology is changing Urban Design.

With more and more people having access to advanced technologies like smartphones or IoT-equipped devices, new technologies are becoming essential for urban design. According to the latest study by the Internet of Things Research Group (IOTRG), more than 85% of organizations and businesses have already deployed Internet-connected devices and smart hardware to improve the way they work and interact with each other.

While people may think of technology as a luxury – something that is only accessible for the rich – we are now becoming a more technology-dependent society. Over the last decade, technologies like IoT, AI and robotics have been rapidly changing urban design, and we are now starting to see this impact in cities and their surrounding areas.

The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Urban Design

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 80% of city dwellers live inside city limits of more than 15,000 people, and that this increase of people has created a need for city designs to be more efficient, functional and user-friendly.

Artificial Intelligence is becoming one of the most promising technologies in terms of helping city planners and architects redesign cities, especially as new and advanced IoT-powered technologies are starting to become a must in the design of advanced cities.

There are many benefits that come from smart cities, such as having more efficient public transportation and better city planning. Artificial intelligence is a key factor in many of these solutions, and, thanks to IoT-enabled devices, its potential has been significantly increasing in cities and its surrounding areas over the past few years.

The Rise of AI-Powered Cities

According to a recent report by Cisco, there will be a total of 8 billion IoT-enabled devices installed in cities by 2020, including vehicles, smartphones, drones, IoT sensors, smart buildings and more. As we move forward to the year 2020, it will become increasingly important for city planners and architects to incorporate more advanced technologies and solutions in order to maintain and improve the quality of urban life.

Thanks to these intelligent technologies, cities and their surrounding areas will become more efficient, more sustainable – and also more beautiful.

Do city planners need to rethink how they design cities?

We are now beginning to see cities embracing the digital revolution and implementing strategies that will help them become more environmentally-friendlier – such as city-wide energy efficient LED-based lighting or adopting smart grids – as well as promoting greater mobility and transportation options, such as electric vehicle charging stations.

While city planners already incorporate green buildings and urban design concepts into most of their projects, it has become increasingly common for more advanced technology solutions to be adopted in addition to, or even as replacements for, traditional solutions.

In fact, one example of this shift in the past few years is the creation of new, more advanced LED-based LED city lights. City light projects that usually rely on conventional light bulbs have used LED technology to achieve an energy saving solution.

Use of IoT as the Key to Sustainable City.

IoT is becoming an essential part of the future of urban design. According to Cisco, the number of connected devices in a city will grow from 18 billion devices in 2015 to more than 30 billion in 2020. That amounts to an average of more than one device for each person on the planet.

Thanks to these connected devices, cities will be able to efficiently manage large quantities of data, improve the quality of life of their residents and residents’ visitors – and of course, improve their sustainability.

Many cities have already started implementing IoT-enabled solutions in their daily routine. Over the last few years, we’ve seen an increase in public services using IoT-equipped sensors, like public security systems or public transportation, using sensors to collect data and reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Similarly, companies have also started to incorporate IoT in their logistics network, especially because the IoT allows them to monitor their operations and improve their efficiency.


The benefits of smart cities are obvious. By adopting smart buildings, smarter transportation systems, and more sustainable urban designs, we can guarantee a future where urban life is safer, more comfortable and more sustainable for everyone – including future generations.

We are now well on our way to a smarter future – one in which we can all become a part of one planet with one shared purpose: to live healthier, to live happier and to live greener. Thanks to smarter solutions and smarter ways of living, we can all reap the benefits of city planning that is geared towards sustainability and that will be a key component to the future of our planet.

Anand Kumar
Anand Kumar

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