Smart Univercities

Emily Carr’s University building in Vancouver’s Grandville Island (Canada). Source: The Province

There is little doubt about the positive impact that a strong collaboration between cities and universities can bring to our societies. Cities are the subject of study from multidisciplinary angles. From astrophysics to medicine, the urban question is growingly interesting for researchers and academia. As much as $2,5 Billion is to be spent (or invested), by 2030 from universities to unveil the mistery of cities’ dynamics, according to a 2015 report by Anthony Townsend for the NYU. From the cities’ perspective, the least we can say is that improving urban life is a joint effort, and that our most talented institutions – universities – should be at the very kernel of every smart city’s operating system.

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