Architects Are Developing the “Smartest Neighborhood in the World”

In the town of Helmond, in the southern Netherlands, Dutch architecture firm UNStudio is working to put together the “smartest neighbourhood in the world.” Innovative in its use of data from residents to improve the quality of life, the Brainport Smart District will sprawl over 383 acres (155 hectares). Using a flexible design, the district will grow according to the demands of its residents and when completed will contain 1,500 residences and nearly 30 acres (12 hectares) of business space.

In July 2018, UNStudio was selected to assemble a team of experts to make the sustainable, unique living environment a reality. Working with Felixx Landscape Architects (landscape and ecology design), Metabolic (circularity), Habidatum (data analysis and modeling), and UNSense (data and technology strategy), the firm has just revealed a masterplan for the neighbourhood. Over the next ten years, the project will develop, as the latest technology will be applied to achieve “a sustainable, circular and socially cohesive neighbourhood that enjoys joint energy generation, food production, water management, joint digital data management, and revolutionary transport systems.”

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