Director/Producer/Composer: Tom COZENS
Executive Producers: Professor Chris WEBSTER & Dr. Eric SCHULDENFREI
Assistant Producer: Alex TAIT
Production Assistant: Winnie YEUNG
Editor: Nick BRIER
Academic contributor: Professor Chris WEBSTER
Actress: Yi SUN
Actor: Xianwei LONG
As cities grow in size, their so-called externalities – the third-party good and bad spill-over effects from private transactions – grow at a faster rate than population. Crime and traffic congestion, income and patents all tend to grow more rapidly than city population by a factor of 12-13%. This explains the relentless rise of the megacity and means that new forms of regulation and control will be needed. Will the 21st century’s polycentric megacities of 50-100M people require more of the same kind of control systems as the 500K-1M cities of the 20th century? Will it turn out that smart city governance technology has arrived just at the right time – delivering new kinds of automated control systems? Variable traffic speed-limits adjusted in real time, can now keep flows moving at optimal rates to avoid the traffic stop-start ‘waving’ that plagued urban driving for half a century. Automated air and water pollution monitoring, source-tracing, pricing and optimization systems are being developed to support cap-and-trade markets that turn urban externalities into tradable commodities. If smart city tech can solve many of the ‘curses’ of the city, will cities get even larger? What is wrong with ‘large’ if we can all live together happily?
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