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Introduction: Innovative Cities - Part 1 (01:19)


Two-thirds of the world's population will be city dwellers by 2050. This program will explore recent developments in urban planning around the world.

Beijing (03:28)

Rapid industrialization has caused a blanket of pollution to cover the city; living in Beijing is the equivalent of smoking 17 cigarettes per day. A smog-eating sculpture designed by Daan Roosegaard cleans approximately 30,000 of cubic air daily.

Solar Power (03:10)

Levels of PM 2.5, which includes heavy metals and other pollutants, have dropped within China's five major cities. The largest solar farm in the eastern desert is visible from space; Sungrow Power Supply is building a floating solar farm atop a flooded coal mine. China has committed $360 billion to renewable energy.

Seoul (04:59)

Rapid urbanization requires developers to innovate public transportation. Real-time data is used to monitor traffic conditions and monitor criminal activities. The mayor discusses how owning cars remains a status symbol in the city and the Sky Garden.

Detroit (03:44)

Purchase prices and rents are increasing at a faster rate than individuals' income. The Cass Community Social Services Tiny Homes Project allows individuals to legally own their residence after seven years of on-time rent payments.

Medellin (06:03)

Once known as "Machine Gun City," this city in Colombia built a cable car system designed to connect affluent and poorer locations. The municipal government built 10 libraries in parks to provide cultural and learning centers. At the annual Book and Culture Festival of Medellin books were shared and exchanged.

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Innovative Cities - Part 1

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In the 21st century, the concept of a “smart city” is more than just a buzzword or an ideology, it’s a necessity. With the increasing and unpredictable demands of urbanization, individuals from the public and private sectors are turning to emerging technology to tackle the many implications of a growing urban sprawl. From the "Big Apple" to a desert metropolis, smart cities around the world are innovating solutions to problems like overcrowding, congestion and pollution in an attempt to make urban life as efficient as possible. CNN explores how these solutions, both big and small, use technology like cloud computing, blockchain solutions, biometrics and artificial intelligence to revolutionize city life as we know it.

Length: 23 minutes

Item#: BVL183905

ISBN: 978-1-64623-573-5

Copyright date: ©2017

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