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The 10 Smartest Cities in Asia/Pacific

Methodology & Data Sources
Boyd Cohen
Friday, January 4, 2013 01:00 EST

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Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/4/2013 10:37:45 AM
User Rank Staff
Smart list
Thanks for a terrific comparison study, Boyd. I am eager to see more cities put to your critera test.

Kimberly63
Kimberly63  
1/4/2013 6:57:23 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Great criteria
I love seeing all of these criteria in one place to define a smart city. It helps to get a bigger picture, so we can see where we need to improve! Have you applied these criteria to any north or south American cities?

michaelPTotten
michaelPTotten  
1/4/2013 9:18:44 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Smart list Ohh so relative
This is a good exercise as a RELATIVE exercise in "smartness", but having lived the past year in Singapore I would hardly concur with your view that there are "smart" locations in Asia.  Please, set your benchmarks, baselines, level of credibility, higher than business-as-usual, which is where these 10 "top" locations stand.  None are really, truly "smart".  They are, at best, "sensible", not in the "common sense" definition, but in the "alive and resPonding to stimuli" definition.

If you REALLY want Smart, then define the idea to which we should be aspiring: zero net emissions, zero net energy, zero net water, zero net waste, zero net externalities, and near zero virtual energy, water, resource imports.


Then we will have a better sense of how far we are from where we need to be, and how important it is for us to tap into transformational changes, not just incremental improvements that will fail miserably if that is all we do

wbalthrop
wbalthrop  
1/5/2013 5:24:55 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Smart Cities
Good comparison. I would be intersted in seeing a complete list of the North American cities, in particular, where my home Las Vegas falls in the analysis. Might create incentive to get off our collective back sides and smarten up.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/7/2013 9:32:11 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Smart list Ohh so relative
No doubt we have a long way to go to achieve the ideal. But that shouldn't stop us from praising those cities that are headed in the right direction.

The risk of getting discouraged too soon is that it can hinder incremental progress toward the bigger goals. Some citizens might think, "I can't get there, so why try?"

MLChan
MLChan  
1/7/2013 3:21:47 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Methodology
I will be interested in how you combine the rankings of all these five indices into one composite index on which you rank a city.  

boydcohen
boydcohen  
1/7/2013 3:33:35 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Re: Great criteria
Thank you for your feedback on the rankings. In fact I have completed rankings of EU and North American cities using the same smart cities wheel framework. They were published in Fast Company's online site which focuses on impact (fastcoexist).  

boydcohen
boydcohen  
1/7/2013 3:34:59 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Re: Smart list
Thanks Mary, per my above comment to another reader, I have actually applied the same approach to ranking EU and North American Cities. Those rankings can be found on Fastco Exist.

p123a
p123a  
1/8/2013 5:27:40 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Consider Wuxi
I think it can be worth to consider Wuxi as a possible candidate for review.

Roger

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/8/2013 4:07:14 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Consider Wuxi
It does seem that Wuxi has a lot of initiative and much growth. Are you a resident there? Can you tell us a bit about what's happening?

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