“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones,” or so John Maynard Keynes once said, the godfather of modern macroeconomics. And he was absolutely right.

During 2012, the smart city project challenged Canada’s citizens to come up with new answers to the following question: How can we make our cities cleaner, more livable, and more beautiful? More than 2,000 inspired souls decided to participate and submit their suggestions for better city living. While some of their solutions were hands-on practical, others proved bold and ambitious – and a mix of the leading urban visions can now be found in a “best of” e-book.

Vertical gardens
Vertical gardens

Considering the breadth and diversity of suggestions on display, the book’s editors decided to slot them into six distinct categories – greening, art, conservation, transit, culture, and joy – to provide readers with a clear overview of these open-minded and mind-blowing ideas. Naturally, the winning entry can be found among them!

The smart city project 2012 winning idea
The smart city project 2012 winning idea

Introducing Kristopher Pelletier from Quebec City who came up with the ingenious notion of a solar-powered transit shelter roof. This roof would not only power display ads, “but also provide free electricity to those waiting for the bus. Transit-goers could charge their cellphones, tablets, and laptops while they wait.”

Curious? We have the solution. Just download the e-book for free. Enjoy!

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Text: Alexandra Schade
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