5/02/2012

The Editor's Pick: Video: How to make a city smarter? Rio de Janeiro by Eduardo Paes, Mayor

The Sustain Collective Cities posted today a video of Eduardo Paes' lecture at TED on Rio de Janeiro. Eduardo Paes is the mayor of Rio de Janeiro that counts 6.3 million inhabitants (2010) with a density of 4,781 pp/sq. km (12,380 pp/sq mi).
Urban form - Rio de Janeiro © Urban Age
Population density graph - Rio de Janeiro © Urban Age

In this video Eduardo Paes shared four keys to shape more sustainable and liveable city for Rio de Janeiro:
Transport infrastructure - Rio de Janeiro © Urban Age

  1. a city has to be environmentally friendly.
  2. a city of the future has to deal with mobility and integration with less money (you can offer more to your citizens with less);
  3. a city of the future has to be socially integrated. I found his point of view of Favelas as incubator of great ideas to improve quality of life, living conditions, mobility and integration very instructive. In Rio 1.4 million live in Favelas. His main idea (among many others) is to bring basic services with high quality in Favelas. In a way, upgrade bold and do-able infrastructure and facilities, to quote Rashiq Fataar.
  4. a city of the future has to use technology to be present: how to make a city 'smarter'. His goal is envision a city allowing for smart growth; "a city that cares about its citizens, integrates socially its citizens."
Moving in the city - Rio de Janeiro © Urban Age

More in the video:


Video courtesy TED Talks
Transport infrastructure - Rio de Janeiro © Urban Age

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