Metrics for Smart and Sustainable Cities


  • The importance and value of regional green infrastructure/open-space systems in addressing larger goals related to climate change, equity, biodiversity, human health, and economic development
  • Techniques and tools for open-space planning at the regional scale
  • A framework to achieve better collaboration and use existing conservation resources more effectively


Countries worldwide are enthusiastically embracing new ways to capture (and learn from) data from a wide range of sources—and to use that information to improve not only citizen experience but also the processes of planning and engagement. Advances in technology are making it possible to collect and incorporate multiple levels of feedback into the planning process—from immediate inputs from citizens or environmental sensors to longer-term strategic plans and  implementation efforts.

The challenge accompanying this opportunity lies in how to bring together these various systems—urban design and technology, planning management, and broad-based engagement—while remaining focused on the overarching goal of the profession: to improve the community and the lives of those who live in it.

Hear from practitioners who have worked across four continents how different cities are approaching this challenge, and how strategies and lessons learned elsewhere can be applied in North America.