RED participated in a business mission hosted by the United Kingdom Trade and Investment office in the Philippines early this month to explore possibilities toward building smart cities in the country. Giving emphasis on the importance of massive urban development, British businessmen who are involved in transportation, infrastructure, green energy and digital media, points out that tapping the country’s potential to build up smart cities is one approach to realize its 10-million tourist arrivals by 2016.
A smart city is a large-scale urban environment that achieves environmental sustainability by integrating information and communication technology into planning, design, operations, and management of urban areas. Cited as among the world’s smart cities are Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, London in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong in China.
The availability of a pool of highly competent engineers and skilled workers gives the country the edge to build smart cities according to Dorian Patrick, Design Manager of RED Asia. He noted that whilst building environmentally sustainable developments inclusive of large hotel, mixed use residential, commercial and office complex costs more than the standard buildings, it will be beneficial in the long run through lower maintenance and refurbishment cost as well as low energy consumption throughout the life of the complex.