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City of the Future: City Planners Stay In Step with Tech-Savvy Urbanites

June 2011
By Kishore Varanasi

Over the next few decades, cities around the globe will invest more capital in urban development and infrastructure than at any time in history. The city of the future is already taking shape, and those of us living and working there expect a continually improving experience.

For urban planners and designers, new technology tools such as crowdsourcing, social networking and scientific analysis, combined with the need to create sensible reuse and sustainable development, are transforming our practice. Innovation and a growing appreciation for transparency in decision making are redefining the role for city planners.

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