UrbanLife: The Smart Solution for Cities

Arup's UrbanLife reports share the strategic recommendations the firm has developed for the C40 Cities Group – 40 of the world’s largest cities who are committed to tackling climate change.

Delivering a city's climate change strategy requires an understanding of the issues they face – water resources, energy supply, transport systems and waste – in terms of planning, technical implementation and the policy interventions needed to make solutions a reality.

The Smart Solution for Cities

Information and communication technologies and their role in carbon reduction is the subject of Arup’s second UrbanLife report.

Information – and the technology that provides it – has a strategic role to play in making cities more resource effective.

‘Smart’ systems, that use relatively low-cost technologies such as smartphones, wireless broadband and sensor networks, can be used to share realtime information that lets city administrations and citizens make informed decisions about how they use resources.

Water Resilience for Cities

The first UrbanLife Report focused on water.  

Changing weather patterns are exacerbating water shortages in dry seasons and incidences of flooding during wet seasons, meaning cities must address the regulation of water supply across the year and the issues caused by increased rainfall and rising sea levels.

For more information on the reports, Arup’s work with cities or to contact one of our climate change experts, contact urbanlife@arup.com.

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UrbanLife: The Smart Solution for Cities

    • The Smart Solution for Cities, report cover.

      The second UrbanLife report explores the strategic role of information and the technology that can provide it.

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      Watch Mark Watts, Director Climate Change and Energy, on the UrbanLife reports and Arup's work with cities.