Jonathan Reichental: Urban innovation requires us to imagine a world that doesn’t yet exist

3/08/2021 - 08:45

"Building smarter and more sustainable communities often means tackling intractable issues with fresh new ideas. Trying to solve 21st century problems with 20th century solutions — which is often the case in cities — isn’t going to cut it for much longer.

Discovering and bringing forward new ideas is what urban innovation is all about. It’s at the center of any smart-city strategy. All of us engaged in the work to build better communities know this is hard. The reasons why successful urban innovation is elusive are varied, but one core dimension stands out among them all: Urban innovators are often tasked with building solutions for a world that largely doesn’t yet exist."