New York and Chicago at the forefront of smart cities

New York City and Chicago have developed two major projects as part of a broader global trend towards the use of high technology to create smart cities.

Last spring, NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress, partnered with New York City’s Hudson Yards neighborhood to build the so-called nation’s first quantified community.

The project will track data on air quality, pedestrian traffic, energy production and consumption, and the health and activity levels of workers and residents.

New York and Chicago at the forefront of smart cities


A first phase is being developed in a 17 million square feet commercial and residential land. There will be a school, hotel and 14 acres of public space, along with an on-site power plant and central waste-management system.

Phase 2 will start next year, with the community completed by the mid-2020s.

Hudson Yards has been considered the largest and most ambitious real estate development in the US. A project of similar scope has not been seen in New York City since Rockefeller Center was built in the 1930s.

On the other hand, in Chicago, the Array of Things (AoT) project was started last summer to provide the whole city with sensors.

The aim is to publish environmental data about the city for free. The project is led by researchers from the Urban Center for Computation and Data of the Computation Institute, which is a joint initiative of Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago.


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