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A smart city is often thought to be a city in which digital technology is all-important. However, a truly "smart" city has many other significant ingredients.
The starting point for a smart city comes with intelligent, comprehensive urban planning, in which the design anticipates future trends and growth.
To create a durable, sustainable smart city, the initial planning must be forward looking. It must include:
A well-planned, forward-looking city has the ability to be sustainable and "modern" for decades. Chandigarh in northern India is a prime example. The Master Plan was created in 1951, and 66 years later, it remains one of the most pleasant cities in India, with a high quality of life and, unlike nearly all Indian cities, an almost complete absence of traffic congestion.
The city planning for Gandhinagar, the new capital of the state of Gujarat, is using many of the features from Chandigarh, almost seven decades later.
Urban planning, including smart city planning, frequently neglects or only partially includes the contribution of the people to the intelligent city environment. Artists' renditions and scale models of new cities are often remarkable for the absence of people on display.
This underlines the importance of high-quality education at all levels, from primary school to higher education, and including professional education. Good quality education maintains an intelligent population – contributing to a smart city worthy of the name.
The planning, construction and operation of a smart city requires the development of high-level advanced professional competence and skills across all sectors. Through its associates and partners, and through a combination of international and local skills, CIP can deliver capacity building for successful smart cities