Yi-Tan Call 269: Building New Songdo City (summary)

Despite the known dangers of centralized planning of new, idealized cities, South Korea has undertaken one that is to be a green, high-tech mecca, called New Songdo City.

Greg Lindsay wrote a piece about New Songdo for Fast Company, describing how developer Stan Gale nexted LG and Microsoft in favor of Cisco for the major tech elements.

The vision is even more ambitious: New Songdo is a prototype for “instant cities” that Gale expects to build across China and elsewhere. Cisco sees a $30B opportunity, but it may be larger. Look at HP and IBM‘s related initiatives and consider worldwide population shifts.

With Greg, let’s discuss:

  • How has work on New Songdo gone?
  • What are the big aha!s? the obstacles?
  • How do Cisco, HP and IBM’s initiatives relate?
  • What does the future of smart cities look like?

Here’s the podcast: Building New Songdo City

You can also download the podcast here.


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