Cities used to grow by accident. Sure, the location usually made sense for olden days—someplace defensible, on a hill or an island, or somewhere near an extractable resource or the confluence of two transport routes. But what happened next was ad hoc. The people who worked in the fort or the mines or the port or the warehouses needed places to eat, to sleep, to worship. Infrastructure threaded through the hustle and bustle—water, sewage, roads, trolleys, gas, electricity—in vast networks of improvisation. You can find planned exceptions: Alexandria, Roman colonial towns, certain districts in major Chinese cities, Haussmann’s Paris and Florida’s Celebration! But for the most part it was happenstance, luck, and layering the new on top of the old.
So let’s jump to now: human are started putting their minds toward designing cities as a whole, things are getting good. High tech materials, sensor networks, new science, new communications and transpiration, and better data are all letting architects, designers, and planners work smarter and more precisely. Cities are getting more environmentally sound, more fun, and more beautiful, while social interaction is merging the logical and physical. And just in time, because today more human beings live in cities than not.
At this week's METal, featured speaker Tom Patterson will talk about new designs of cities using the next generation of innovation. The cities of tomorrow might still self-assemble haltingly, but done right, the process won’t be accidental. A city shouldn’t just happen anymore, as safety, convince, social, and more all now have critical technological counterparts. Every block, every building, every brick represents innumerable decisions that go well beyond the old drafting tables. Decide well, and cities are magic, and we all want to live in magic.
Tom Patterson was selected as a 2016 global thought leader on trust, and is a dynamic silicon valley security executive with Government, corporate, global, and big-four executive experience, leveraging his immersion in all facets of security to improve businesses around the world. Having served as a CSO (MCC), big-four partner (Deloitte), chief eCommerce strategist (IBM), and a founder of a tech startup backed by the Carlyle Group, Tom thrives on delivering the real security benefits that build trust and grow businesses. Tom is currently in the process of helping to transform Augusta Georgia into a Cyber City of the Future.Join Report
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