Partnering with Guardian Sustainable Business (GSB), Barclays and Cisco, Bird & Bird will be hosting a Smart Cities event at the Design Museum in London on Thursday 21 March 2013.
Cities like London face complex challenges to become smarter but are also ideally placed to drive investment, deploy innovation and offer the right scale for pilot projects.
Smart Cities aren’t a futuristic idea, they’re taking shape now. Recently, Glasgow won a £24m government grant to become one of the UK’s first smart cities.
Seizing opportunities to use technology and innovation that drives positive economic and social transformation is, at the very core, what Smart Cities are about. In hosting the Olympics 2012, London demonstrated how a city can transform itself by redesigning not just some of its infrastructure, but also its use.
Technology and design have a critical role to play in Smart Cities - both in terms of the intelligence we build into our cities and as the toolbox that allows us to better understand what we need cities to do for us. Whilst not the only factor in making a city “smart”, technology and the speed with which it is connecting the world around us offers us the opportunity to take urban design a major step forward.
Raising awareness of the challenges and opportunities to design and deliver smart cities over the next few years is something Bird & Bird is taking a lead on, both in terms of our chosen sectors (like energy and healthcare) where we see great strides being made, and in terms of all the technological innovation that we advise on.
“Design and innovation are key to the urban environment if we are to make best use of scarce resources. Budget pressure, environment and space, to name but a few, leave us no other choice but to be creative – design will help us focus where and how to apply innovation,” says Ronald Hendrikx, Partner and Lead on Smart Cities at Bird & Bird.
"Smart cities are the domain of all towns and cities, not just the Greenfield sites. Many of the perceived barriers are solvable through a combination of leading edge technology and business innovation and the application and adaption of existing solutions. A smart city is more than just connectivity and data - it's also about connecting the right stakeholders leading to creative collaborations and sector convergences, with projects ranging from the small, disruptive but scalable through to the city wide initiatives and all the interactions that entails." said partner Michael Rudd.
For more information about our Smart Cities initiative please contact Ronald Hendrikx or Michael Rudd on +44 (0)20 7415 6000.