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China's urban population has fast become one of the largest in the world, 500 of the world's largest urban areas are in China, and city living has become the norm for the majority of its citizens.

However not all of China's cities are thriving - some are far more successful in managing urban economies and integrating populations, enhancing growth prospects and attracting additional investments and talent. Now in 2018, China has as many smart city pilots as all other countries worldwide combined. What are the characteristics of China's "smarter cities"?

The promise of new technologies in the built environment is ultimately to enhance living and to better the experience in cities. One of the highly anticipated outcomes of the advancements in digital technologies in recent years has been to make the city itself "smarter." This 'smart city' model employs technology as a strategy to optimize processes and operations, increase efficiency of systems, and monitor urban dynamics to ultimately get a precise control over the whole city.

How will we capitalize on these concepts, and do we see their effect as increased social and environmental sustainability of our built environment, or eventually leading to even more technology centered and standardized patterns of living? Please join us for this breakfast event to find out more about this hot and fascinating topic!


Mary Boyd

Editorial director of Economist corporate network Greater China, the Economist group

Jyri Eskola

China Development Director of PES-Architects Helsinki-Shanghai


Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai
500 Weihai road, Shanghai

Shanghai, China

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