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4 TECHNOLOGY While technology is by no means the be-all and end- all of a Smart City, Masdar City does demonstrate the use of modern technological innovation through a variety of tools such as overall reductions in water and electricity use.To do so it needs modern and effective electricity and water monitors to gauge usage and feed the data back to the operators. As you can see, the technological elements are a


useful and integral part of the city. Te automated vehicles and other technologies utilised serve as both functional tools supplementing the other elements as well as adding to the wow factor of a futurised world. As such they are indeed important.


WHY IS MASDAR A SMART CITY? If the technological elements mentioned above were the only parts of the city that were unique, and if we removed the emphasis on sustainability on an integrated design plan and on the crucial liveability aspects mentioned above, what would be left?


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What makes Masdar City so special is the


big picture thinking that encompasses the universal values and visions of a sustainable community in harmony with its surroundings. Its understanding of the connection between the environment, homes, workplaces, education, healthcare and public transport , produces an entity with longevity far beyond that of one simply backed up by modern technologies. Te developers, Masdar, and master Planners,


Hyder Consulting, demonstrate an important lesson: Te key to the long term planning of our cities, and thus to the creation of really ‘Smart Cities’ is to understand the bigger picture; that the cities we want our children to live in should contain the core ingredients of technology, sustainability, planning and liveability in equal measure.


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