Engineers must overcome its “silo mentality” to deliver smart cities, experts heard this week.
Experts from consultant WSP, the European Investment Bank, Edinburgh Napier University and accountancy Mazars spoke at an event to discuss designing and building smart cities.
Smart cities use combine the latest technology with infrastructure to allow cities to be run more intelligently and sustainably.
“Cities are complex and non-linear, so design needs to be too. Different sectors should work together to produce integrated designs. We need to change the silo mentality which is common in the engineering industry,” said WSP head of sustainability Paul Toyne.
Intregrated design is needed to attract investment, as many investors are unsure about smart cities, the event heard.
“We’ve got to keep investors in mind when designing smart cities. They want something that is low risk and high return. Smart cities are an unproven new technology, so are seen as high risk,” said Mazar director of urban development and regeneration Paula Hirst.