Smart City technology is derived from the digital age of connectivity. The creation of smart energy grids, the use of IoT (Internet of Things) censors for traffic circulation and trash collection, and the ability to regulate lights, all contribute to urban energy efficiency. However, there is more to becoming a smart city than this. With the application of biomimicry and biophilic principles, the city can become a vibrant inviting platform where technology, nature, creativity, and people coexist. Scientist and author, Janine Benyus, defines biomimicry as a “new science that studies nature's models and then imitates or takes inspiration from these designs and processes to solve human problems.” Harvard professor, E. O. Wilson, in his book, Biophilia (1986), underlined our human need for nature and the importance of these connections.
The 12th Annual Boston GreenFest & TechExpo invites attendees to imagine our smart city, one that has a Smartflower™ garden of solar flowers mimicking blooming flowers, as they automatically open their circular array of solar panels and track the sun throughout the day for maximum exposure alongside real gardens, at ground level, on vertical walls and on roof tops. Our Smart Boston will have plazas that harvest rainwater with beautiful sculptures such as RainKeep™, use Aquagen’s photobioreactor and algae air scrubbers to clean our air and water, establishing algae biotech as a valuable resource, and take advantage of Bishop Land Design’s natural landscaping models that provide protection against shifting weather patterns. A smart city uses smart transportation and smart building design. In the Smart City Pavilion, there will be examples of the jPods™ solar personal rapid transit, Clearvue PV™ windows that serve as solar panels, Novacab’s thermodynamic energy storage systems, ReCover Green Roof’s beautiful designs, Ecoquipment’s zero emissions construction equipment, and Nissan’s electric vehicle, the Leaf®. Cityscapes will provide additional greenery to bring nature into the urban setting.
Photobioreactors - Algae air scrubbers by Aquagens -ISI
- Smart grid - Circular economy - Food/Water/Energy Nexus - Passive house techSolar personal rapid transit
(Rain Harvesting Sculpture) - Solar windows - Micro wind turbines