When you think of what a Smart City is, the natural inclination would be to imagine driverless cars whizzing through streets, bike sharing schemes, talking fridges, and the use of Big Data as big brother. Such a utopian (or dystopian) vision is largely based on technology - specifically information and communication technology (ICT) and the Internet of Things (IoT), and imagines a future where lives are made easier and more productive – thanks to technology.

However, amongst all the talk of technological innovations in Smart Cities, it is easy to overlook the important roles governance, culture and community engagement plays in enabling smart practices to take place. Furthermore, as the needs of city dwellers around the world vary, so too do definitions of what makes a Smart City.

In his sharing on the 18th of March, Prof Pomeroy considered different case studies from his TV series, Smart Cities 2.0, from around the World. He shared with participants how he investigated their unique characteristics, and ultimately ask whether such environments really enhance our daily lives.

Prof Pomeroy was candid and passionate about cities. As a trained architect, he showed us sketches of urban environments around the world. Sustainability plays a huge part of the lives of the UWCSEA community. His talk was well attended by many staff, students and parents alike.

If you would like to watch his documentary, you can visit his website or at Toggle.