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Green, connected and sustainable: Top 10 'world's smartest cities'

Check out the ‘world’s smartest cities’ that are leading a revolution in smart urban planning, according to Conde Nast Traveler.

Editors at Conde Nast Traveler have published a list of what they have called the ‘smartest cities in the world’, claiming that the chosen urban centres exemplify tenets of smart urban planning, providing the rest of humanity a glimpse of what the future could — and should — look like, be it zero carbon communities or heavily connected, smart destinations.

Smarter than others: Songdo, in South Korea, seen at night, chosen by CN Traveler as one of the world's smartest cities, is also the most expensive private real estate development, with a price tag of RM113bil. It's expected to be complete by 2017. — AFP

Songdo, South Korea is presented as a prime example, a city built from scratch, where all buildings in the 1,500-acre region will be LEED-certified, and sensors and computers placed along the roads and edifices to evaluate and adjust energy consumption. 

At US$35bil (RM113bil), Songdo, which lies 64km south of Seoul, currently holds the record for being the single largest private real estate development in the world and is expected to be completed in 2017.

Other cities on the list include Masdar City in the United Arab Emirates, where 500 households will be fueled on solar energy and renewable sources, and cars will be banned. Instead, residents will bike, walk or take public transportation to get around. The city will also be the HQ for the International Renewable Energy Agency.

But it’s not just newly planned cities that made it to the list. Vienna, in Austria, which is thought to have been first inhabited sometime in 500BC, has set the ambitious target of becoming a zero-carbon city by 2020. — AFP/RelaxNews

Here are CN Traveler’s picks for smartest cities:

  1. Songdo, South Korea
  2. Planit, Portugal
  3. Masdar City, United Arab Emirates
  4. Fujisawa, Japan
  5. Barcelona, Spain
  6. Copenhagen, Denmark
  7. Vienna, Austria
  8. Manchester, England
  9. New York, US

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