Every week a million more people move to live in cities. Can they cope with this constant expansion? Aleks explores whether 'Smart' cities are the answer or do they come with a hidden price of personal freedom. She visits the world's "smartest" city, Masdar in Abu Dhabi and explores the social engineering that's as much part of the design as the bricks and mortar.
Contributors: Physicist Geoffrey West, Urban Explorer Brad Garrett, Lean Doody from ARUP, Dr Iyad Rahwan, Architect and Artist Usman Haque.
Producer: Peter McManus.
Bradley Garrett is writer, photographer, and researcher at the University of Oxford. From 2008-2012, he lived as an urban explorer, photographing the hidden and off-limits spaces in cities around the world.
Physicist Geoffrey West is one of the leading scientists working on a scientific model of cities. He has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities -- that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city's population.
Léan Doody is an Associate at ARUP, where she leads work in Smart Cities, concentrating on the application of information and communications technology in urban developments and how information technology and data can impact how people use cities.
London based architect Usman Haque is director of Haque Design + Research. He designs interactive architecture systems and researches how people relate to each other and their spaces.