Wish for city of the future takes shape at TED

Mar 01, 2012
Chris Anderson of TED speaks at the Disruptive Innovation Awards in New York in April 2011. The innovation group TED has given its coveted annual prize for the first time to an idea -- the city of the future. The $100,000 prize money, normally awarded to an individual, will be divided into 10 grants allocated for the top ideas submitted at thecity2.org.

The innovation group TED has given its coveted annual prize for the first time to an idea -- the city of the future.

The $100,000 , normally awarded to an individual, will be divided into 10 grants allocated for the top ideas submitted at thecity2.org, a platform where organizers hope to develop an earth-friendly "City 2.0."

"Many of us in the TED community don't want this thought of as talk," TED curator Chris Anderson told the conference late Wednesday.

"We try to turn one of these ideas into a spectacular piece of action... An idea on which, arguably, a sustainable future depends."

More than half the world's population resides in cities, where living close together in smaller spaces means reducing the energy used for driving and homes while more easily making , according to Edward Glaeser, a TED member who collaborated on the idea.

"Cities are no enemies of the environment, they are friends of the environment," Glaeser reasoned.

Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes took part in the TED Prize session, sharing his set of "commandments" for a city of the future.

Such a city must be environmentally-friendly, have high-capacity transportation, integrate people from all demographics, and use .

IBM has worked with to use technology to better handle the challenges of running the city, whether managing , coordinating public works crews or anticipating disruptive storms.

"A city of the future is a city that cares about its citizens," Paes said. "At the end of the day, when you talk about the city, you talk about a gathering of people."

The prize wish that emerged was to give people living in cities the power to change them for the better, according to Anderson.

To that end, TED launched the website thecity2.org as a platform where citizens can form local groups, share ideas, and connect with companies large or small that can provide resources for plans that emerge.

"I think we are about to see urbanization happen at an unprecedented rate," said Autodesk chief executive Carl Bass, who offer to supply free software tools for engineering or designing cities of the future.

By the end of the session offers from members included eco-friendly home designs, connections to venture capitalists, and even free space in a building Keen Footwear bought to house its headquarters in Portland, Oregon.

"The idea of the platform is to involve people on the ground in everything," Anderson said. "We steered away from utopian ideas gone wrong."

Explore further: A platform to help consumers achieve sustainable energy consumption

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Coveted TED prize goes to city of the future

Dec 08, 2011

TED for the first time awarded its coveted annual prize to an idea instead of a person, naming the smart city of the future as winner of the prestigious group's backing.

Technology and creativity go "full spectrum" at TED

Feb 26, 2012

Technology, art and magic will mix in perspective-bending ways this week as the prestigious TED conference continues transforming from an elite retreat to a global movement for a better world.

World-shaping minds inspired at TED gathering

Feb 27, 2011

Mind-boggling science and undertakings that overwhelm the senses are in store at a TED conference to inspire the brilliant and accomplished to change the world for the better.

TED shedding elite conference image

Mar 15, 2011

The TED conferences are forging ahead with a transformation from elite intellectual gatherings to global exchange of thought-sparking ideas.

TED Talks take to iPad

Oct 14, 2010

Perspective-shifting TED Talks took to culture-changing iPads with the release Thursday of an application that lets the popular videos be viewed on Apple's hot tablet computers.

Recommended for you

Image: Testing electric propulsion

Aug 20, 2014

On Aug. 19, National Aviation Day, a lot of people are reflecting on how far aviation has come in the last century. Could this be the future – a plane with many electric motors that can hover like a helicopter ...

Where's the real value in Tesla's patent pledge?

Aug 20, 2014

With the much-anticipated arrival next month of electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla's Model S to Australian shores, it's a good time to revisit Tesla's pledge to freely share patents. ...

New type of solar concentrator doesn't block the view

Aug 19, 2014

(Phys.org) —A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through ...

User comments : 0