Smart Cities… these days ‘smart’ is a real buzzword. We have smart phones; smart cars and we certainly will get an increasing number of smart cities.
I believe a smart city is much more than sharing open data, connectivity, etc., I believe it is also about smart engineering. To me this means that you will strive to construct a, for example, new road with as little impact on the environment as possible.
Include sensors in the road surface, so data can be gathered on the behavior of the new road, data that can be used for maintenance decisions. It also means the designer will listen to stakeholder comments and include valuable comments into the design.
All stakeholders should really be involved, this new road should really be a co-creation of the city, the citizens, the designers and the construction team. Allow yourself to dream and be really open to new ideas!