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THE REGIONAL VIEW: HYDER CONSULTING


A CASE STUDY OF HYDER CONSULTING’S WORK IN MASDAR CITY – ABU DHABI, UAE


C ‘ WHAT IS ASMARTITY’?


HYDER CONSULTING DISCUSSES THE FOUR KEY ELEMENTS THAT MAKE UP A SMART CITY, AND EXPLAINS HOW MASDAR CITY IS A SUPERB EXAMPLE THAT WILL STILL BE CONSIDERED SMART IN 20-30 YEARS TIME


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n an ever changing and interconnected world, people will increasingly ask themselves ‘where do I want to live?’ Most city dwellers have a clear vision of what cities should not be. Many


of the negatives are pretty obvious; they do not want to live in a noisy, impersonal, ugly, dirty or stressful environment. Tey do not want to have to travel hours from where they live to where they work and they certainly do not want to have to feel unsafe or unhealthy in or around their own home. As the negatives are seemingly obvious, then we


must identify the positive elements of where and how we should be living now and in future. Anyone interested in smart cities, including those who make the decisions to design, build and operate these future cities, will be considering all these aspects as technology evolves on a daily basis.


DEFINITIONS OF A SMART CITY: Much discussion of late in the realm of urban design and planning has been to use the buzz phrase of ‘Smart Cities’. It is worth pondering for a moment on what this actually means before we move into the analysis of our case study of Masdar City and Hyder’s work there. According to Wikipedia, “A smart city (also smarter city) uses digital technologies to


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