Cities + Infrastructure
More than half the world’s population now lives in urban areas. This global urbanization pattern, with increased population and density, is putting intense pressure on physical spaces, infrastructure capacity, and natural resources—as well as the ability to deliver services associated with these assets.
Today we have increased capabilities for information gathering and insights from smart devices, social platforms, sensors, computing storage, and analytical tools. These resources have created new opportunities for public practitioners, companies, research institutions, and city residents to understand and improve the urban environment.
City Digital was established in 2015 as UI LABS’ second innovation platform. It uses Chicago as a testbed to develop and deploy new technology focused on improvements in four key areas: buildings and other physical infrastructure, water and sanitation, energy management, and mobility. By enabling experiments at scale to develop real solutions for the marketplace, City Digital will extend its impact beyond Chicago to other cities.