Smart Neighborhood
Smart Neighborhood is the core digitalized, integrated unit in Smart City of the near future.
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Target groups

Public sector officials, Change makers, and Public figures and influencers

Observation

98% of the population of Egypt, which exceeds 100 million people, lives on less than 4% of its area of more than one million square kilometers.

Due to the extreme centralization and the difference in the standard of living between the rural and the urban regions; the population density is concentrated in the capital and the big cities, where the economic level is higher, basic services are located and jobs are more available.

Conclusion

While skyscrapers and high-rise buildings are located in downtown Cairo and its luxurious suburbs, other areas on its outskirts have many slums that lack the infrastructure and basic elements of life.

However, like the rest of the Egyptian cities, the capital suffers from problems of energy supply, poor conditions of basic facilities and lack of needed services such as health, education and culture, as well as traffic and parking problems.

Solution

My idea is based on urban planning principles that favor the exploitation of vast and uninhabited regions away from the narrow Nile Valley, the horizontal extension of cities in buildings with limited heights that take into consideration climatic and environmental conditions, and rationalize energy consumption and the use of renewable solar energy as an alternative to fossil fuels.

Key Problem

The key problem is the increasing urbanization of the general populace in the capital and the major cities, and the lack of an ambitious urban planning which controls the expansion of old cities.

This has led to a lot of slums that are suffering from deteriorated and incomplete infrastructure. As well as create an unhealthy environment that does not provide the most important provision of life.

Which field and which area?

My idea is based on the selection of smart city solution to solve this problem that appears in the Egyptian capital (Cairo) and major cities in particular. Whether the rest of the cities, towns and small villages also suffer from the infrastructure problems, the lack of services and facilities, and the low level of living standard.

However, this idea is valid for the five countries concerned with this project, and also abroad in countries all over the world

Effects of the problem

If this problem is ignored, and not to be faced by finding crucial solutions, it will cause..

  • Small cities will grow slower than larger cities.
  • Relative deprivation in some areas in terms of education and health services.
  • Greatest differentials between rural and urban Egypt.
  • More internal migration from rural to urban areas.
  • More slums and random housing at the outskirts of Cairo, Alexandria and major cities.
  • Egypt will face the collapse of its whole infrastructure.
  • Complicating efforts to promote economic and social development.
  • Expansion of non controlled urban areas into nearby farming areas infringes on the already limited agricultural land.
  • More environmental issues such as air, water and noise pollution.
  • failure in the system of collecting, transporting and recycling garbage.
  • Lack of urban green space causes unhealthy lifestyle.
  • Severe transportation and traffic problems.
  • High prices of housing and real estate.

Solution

Smart Neighborhood is the basic unit for smart cities that rely on digital technology in all fields.. It is an integrated unit that contains all the services and facilities. Different networks are controlled over the Internet to share information and distribute surplus utilities, services and energy to integrate all neighborhoods.

My idea also helps in conserving water, reducing gas emissions, recycling trash and reducing energy usage as effective methods for keeping the environment clean.

Additional Slide - 1

Each smart city consists of a number of smart residential neighborhoods connected to smart grids of roads, transportation and electronically controlled facilities. These neighborhoods are centered around the city center (which is also smart, of course) and has central services from commercial, administrative and public services. Each city also has its own health, education and cultural services, all linked to the information network linking it to the different residential areas.

Additional Slide - 2

This idea solves the problem of high population density in populated and underserved areas, as well as the problem of inequitable distribution of services and facilities between different regions. It reduces the phenomenon of internal migration and the movement of people from rural to urban areas, and works to reduce the social and economic gap, provide jobs and decent living standards among the inhabitants of all cities and move them to a higher level of modernity and progress.

Additional Slide - 3

The idea is based on the possibility of expansion through the horizontal (not vertical) extension of the cities according to a controlled urban planning, away from randomization.

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