Conversations around a safe and vibrant Newcastle at night needn’t be intrinsically linked to pub and club opening hours and how to reduce statistics in alcohol-related violence in our CBD and outer suburbs. Although these numbers need to drop, the subtle social and cultural shifts that smart, civic lighting can inspire might just be a piece of the night-time strategy puzzle that the poorly lit urban landscape wasn’t able to show us until now.
The number of people living in urban areas keeps increasing year after year, and it is estimated that 70% of the population will live in cities by 2050. Managing ever growing cities is becoming more and more challenging, with urban areas turning into day-long traffic jams and frustrating parking lots.
So how important are smart cities for urban planning and urban management?