From a smart forest in Mexico to a Nevada desert city powered by blockchain, a wave of smart cities are being proposed in North America. Jeffrey Berns, who made a fortune selling cryptocurrency last year, has bought a large parcel of Nevada’s desert with the aim of turning it into a smart city powered by blockchain technology. The Innovation Park city is intended to be designed by Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects and Tom Wiscombe Architecture and based on blockchain – a set of digital records that track transactions chronologically and publicly, but cannot be modified – to offer greater privacy and data control. Italian architect Stefano Boeri recently unveiled plans to transform an area of land near Cancun city in Mexico into a smart development covered in 7.5 million plants. Sidewalk Lab, a subsidiary of Alphabet, is planning to build a high-tech “Future city” on Toronto’s waterfront. Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates has reportedly taken a stake in the smart city development game. Boston-based Elkus Manfredi Architects and Sasaki Associates have masterplanned a city for a site located 12 miles south of Boston, which was formerly a navy yard.
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