About Nextgen Cities
The debate about urban renewal and planning cities of the future — the Smart Cities — is conducted within the boundaries of governance, infrastructure and technology. This debate often ignores the most critical fourth dimension, the people who define the city.
Governance Now NextGen Cities Conclave, with focus on Technologies for People-centric Urban Development aims to relocate the debate and take it back to basics that governance, infrastructure and technology are but tools to enable citizens to unlock the humongous human potential to create cities of their imagination and need.
It’s estimated that by 2020 almost 60% of India will be living in urban areas. Today there are at least 15 cities in India with a population of 10 million and above. It’s estimated that it will rise to 40 by the year 2020.
In the context of the 100 Smart Cities planned by the Government of India, the draft concept note on Smart City Scheme has very well defined the three pillars as Institutional Infrastructure, Physical Infrastructure and Social Infrastructure. The draft paper also clearly indicates that the center of attention for each of the three pillars is the citizen or the people.
What this means is that the cities of tomorrow should be a mix of smart infrastructure and smart government that can empower people in government, businesses, and the community through innovation to build a more sustainable city across economic, environmental, and social spheres. The initiative assumes more importance as the contribution of urban areas to the India’s GDP has already crossed the 60% mark and is expected to touch 75% by 2031.
The conclave on NextGen Cities will aim to explore the socio-psychological aspects of technology-enabled next-generation cities that can empower people in government, businesses and the community to create a more sustainable urban infrastructure across economic, environmental, and social spheres.
What this means is that the Next Generation of cities or the Smart Cities need to meet the raising expectations of citizens, businesses as well as the civic authorities and government agencies that are constantly being challenged by the growing aspirations.
The Governance Now NextGen Cities Conclave will focus on People-Centric Urban Development around the following key areas: