The population trend in the 21st century is to concentrate in
large urban areas. This current need for our society to live
together in communal areas where we can all work, play, learn
and interact means that we must be able to satisfy all of these
needs in one place. We therefore need to rethink the concept of
the city and its organization, and look for new ideas, concepts
and solutions to the new challenges. These cities are platforms
where people live and work.
In the knowledge society, cities really are the engines of world
economic and social development. This is where companies create
and develop their services. They are strategic communications
places and perfect locations for finding workers and talent.
This tendency of populations to concentrate in cities requires
efficiency. Resource management and sustainable development
should be strategic lines in this city model.
ICTs (information and communication technologies) can organize
the management processes of these urban environments with
infrastructures, networks and platforms that enable all the
processes to be monitored and help promote sustainability and
efficiency. These technologies can be applied to any subject or
field, from basic services such as water, electricity and gas,
to public and private transportation, culture, education,
health, and even citizen involvement in order to create a more
participatory and democratic society.