Eurescom message - Winter 2015
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Eurescom message Winter 2015 incl. Celtic-Plus Newsletter
Cover Theme: Smart Cities
More than 3.6 billion people, half of the world population, already live in urban areas today, according to UN estimates. By 2030, just 15 years from now, it will be 5 billion. Especially in developing countries the growth of megacities will continue at a breath-taking pace. And also in Europe, despite stagnating or low population growth, environmental, social, and economic challenges will put more pressure on cities. The big question in view of these challenges is how cities can cope with them. One of the answers is Smart Cities.
In the introductory article to the cover theme, Maria Barros Weiss, project manager at Eurescom, gives an overview on the Smart City concept.
Insider report on the Greek city Heraklion and how it is progressing in the road towards becoming smart and sustainable.
Becoming smart is a transitional process - Interview on Smart Cities with Xavier Trias, former Mayor of Barcelona
Exclusive interview with Xavier Trias, former Mayor of Barcelona, who shares his insights on the opportunities and challenges he experienced on the way towards making Barcelona Smart City
Joachim Schonowski from Telekom Innovation Laboratories explores the value grid of Smart Cities
For further articles see the table of contents.