I blogged recently about the impressive renewable electric power, smart grid, smart buildings and net zero energy building initiatives in Asia. According to BSRIA, there are many smart city initiatives also underway in Asia.
Songdo IDB in Korea and Fujisawa in Japan are two smart cities already under development. China has 36 smart cities in development and a low carbon model city in Tianjin. Singapore plans to become a smart nation by 2015. Iskandar is Malaysia's first smart city.
Two of these I am acquainted with because I visited the planning office for the DMIC the last time I was in India and I met with several people involved with the Songdo project quite a few years ago in Korea.
Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor
In India the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC)is intended to be a smart city. The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor is a huge US$ 90 billion project 1,483 km in length between Delhi and Mumbai. The objective of the DMIC is to create a base for economic development by providing access to the best state-of-the-art infrastructure.
Everything about this project is on a massive scale. This project includes nine large Industrial zones of about 200-250 km2., a high speed freight line, three ports, six airports and a 4000 MW power plant. An influence region of 150 km on either side of the freight line comprises the DMIC.
Songdo IBD is much smaller scale and has very different objectives. It is a completely new city, being built from scratch on 1,500 acres of reclaimed land along Incheon's waterfront. Songdo represents a serious attempt to create a sustainable, liveable city. The city will be the first LEED certified district in Korea and the largest project outside North America to be included in the LEED ND (Neighborhood Development) Pilot Program.
Songdo has been under development for quite a while. The first phase opened in August 2009.