Smart Interactive Cities [SICs]: The Use of Computational Tools and Technologies [CTTs] as a Systemic Approach to Reduce Water and Energy Consumption in Urban Areas

  • Fodil FadliEmail author
  • Mahmoud AlSaeed
Part of the S.M.A.R.T. Environments book series (SMARTE)


The traditional thinking of cities as the compilation of their land, buildings and, infrastructure is no longer accurate to study their foundation components. Conventional urban planning is not sufficient anymore to solve city related issues. Moreover, there is an important need to integrate technology through its smart computational systems, to the City Information Modeling [CIM] concepts in order to solve those everlasting re-occurring issues. The design and development of a systemic approach in urban design processes is a necessity to face the various threats to our current and future world. Some of these major threats strongly tied up to reducing water and energy consumption rates, as well as designing and developing a smart interactive city that can maintain and sustain itself. Most importantly, this Smart Interactive C City [SIC] would also strengthen the connections between humans, machines and spaces.

The aim of this explorative innovative work is to enable us as designers, architects and planners, to design and develop our cities in a smart way. Cities will become a digital platform with infinite data floating in and out of their physical and metaphysical structures. This information comes from every element we use and we live with. These data need to be collected in one place that is accessible and usable by all users and stakeholders to enable the resolution of predicting future scenarios and managing existing issues. This can be enabled via the use and integration of the principles of City Information Modelling [CIM] and Computational Tools and Technologies [CTTs].


Smart city City Information Modelling [CIM] Computational systems Urban design Technology Energy & water consumption reduction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, College of EngineeringQatar UniversityDohaQatar

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