For over a decade now, countries have been trying to create smart cities that address urban challenges like congestion, pollution, population growth, waste management, and energy consumption.
However, progress has been slow, and the results have been mixed. But in the last few months, the supply chain disruptions and the shift to remote working have exacerbated the need for participatory communities, urging us to examine how we live together, connect, and collaborate.
Growing urban populations, combined with depleting resources, call for interconnected and sustainable cities. And COVID-19 has reduced the timeframe to achieve this. The good news is, advances in Machine Learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and Generative Design, if leveraged effectively, could jump-start and accelerate our progress.