The technical city is an urban phenomenon where digital technology production converges with new cultural norms. Cities foster these ecosystems through public-private-nonprofit partnerships, which aim to boost economic growth and remake the city for a new modernity.
Located in a former train yard, UNStudio’s Socio-Technical City test site proposes a green district built over rail infrastructure in the heart of the city. The scheme tackles the two largest challenges for future cities: self-sufficiency and energy-neutrality.
Taipei is a bustling city of skyscrapers, shopping malls and food markets. A visit here can be a bit overwhelming, but most of the main attractions are easily accessible by public transport.
Buses, the metro system, trains, and the extensive taxi cab network are the main modes of transportation in Taipei. Most people also use motor scooters to get around, but these can be a little dangerous as they weave in and out of traffic and disregard the rules of the road.
The city is a cultural center as well, with the National Palace Museum one of the most visited museums in the world. It is also home to a number of art galleries and other entertainment venues.
Despite its diplomatic isolation and the ambiguous status of Taiwan internationally, the city has become one of the world’s leading producers of electronics technology. Many technology companies have a presence in the city, including Apple, Google, IBM and Microsoft. The government of Tsai Ing-wen has prioritized promoting a “Taiwanese identity” in an effort to avoid alienating China, while fostering the local economy and developing military capabilities. This policy has been criticized by some for neglecting human rights and environmental concerns.
Seoul (, , ru, ‘Sin’) is the capital and largest city of South Korea, designated as a “Special City.”
The country’s commercial centre and political hub, it’s home to the headquarters of major technology firms like Samsung, LG and Hyundai, as well as dozens of fashion brands. Korean pop culture—catchy K-pop, soapy TV and edgy cinema—has grown into a global phenomenon, influencing trends from Tokyo to Beijing. International interest in these products is known as the hallyu wave, and has given rise to a whole new generation of young, tech-savvy and culturally savvy Koreans.
In the decades following World War II, Seoul rose from its ashes as an industrial powerhouse, and now has a population of 10 million people. Unlike many European cities, which took a century to industrialize, the city advanced at breakneck speed.
During this period of growth, the old industrial districts, including the Sewoon Sangga district in which the re:Sewoon Project is located, fell into disrepair. However, as the new generation of tech entrepreneurs grew up, they began to see these formerly run-down areas as places where their innovative ideas could be realized. Today, the re:Sewoon Support Center—a part of the governing body for the district—is working to promote these connections between emerging businesses and older enterprises with long-accumulated expertise.
In the 2010s, tech entrepreneurs and investors flocked to the area around Old Street to form a technology hub known as Silicon Roundabout. Several homegrown startups, including TransferWise, Monzo and DeepMind have become well-known worldwide, while U.S. giants like Google and Apple have invested heavily in building huge new offices here. Today, tech entrepreneurship has spread from the area around Old Street and now occupies all corners of the capital. Innovation centres are located in Olympic Park’s Plexal, at Here East tech hub and in King’s Cross, while universities such as City and London Metropolitan encourage entrepreneurs to launch their start-ups.
The cosmopolitan city attracts a diverse talent pool and boasts access to six international airports, a vibrant business culture and a global reputation. Its infrastructure supports business, with world-leading public transport and a network of super-fast 5G networks, while a progressive regulatory landscape enables companies to experiment with new technologies.
Tech Nation will build on this success and create a national network of digital excellence, connecting start-ups into a bigger narrative for the future growth of the UK economy; and champion emerging sectors such as FinTech and AI. It will also boost digital entrepreneurship skills and help startups and scale-ups grow faster.
The biggest and most populous city in the United States, New York is one of the world’s leading global capitals of culture, finance, politics, media, commerce, and technology. Its diverse economy, high wages for tech professionals and coding bootcamps, and countless networking opportunities make NYC a great place to work in technology.
In the years since the dot com bust left many serious venture capitalists highly skeptical of New York’s future as a hub for tech, it has produced a wave of wildly successful start-ups and attracted entrepreneurs that would have previously bypassed the city in favor of Boston and the West Coast. NYC now boasts a robust ecosystem of 7,500 tech companies, with employment in the sector growing more than ten times faster than overall city jobs over the last ten years.
The University’s main campus in downtown Manhattan puts students at the heart of New York City, a global center of culture, finance, media, commerce, and technology. The campus features state-of-the-art smart classrooms; a biological sciences lab; radiologic and medical imaging suite; nursing simulation and assessment laboratories; dental hygiene clinics; and more. The college also provides a variety of student life and recreation facilities.
The tech industry fuels Bangalore’s economy. The city is India’s leading IT exporter, and major Indian technological organizations such as Infosys and Wipro are located here. A city in the southern state of Karnataka, Bangalore is also known for its parks and nightlife. It is home to a number of universities, including Bangalore University (succeeding the University of Mysore, founded 1916) and the University of Agricultural Sciences.
The city’s thriving startup culture and robust venture capital scene attracts industrial designers and programmers. Its large population of young people, coupled with its relatively low cost of living, results in a virtuous cycle of innovation. In addition to its renowned IT companies, Bengaluru is also home to the national headquarters of Air India and railway coach factories and a plant that manufactures porcelain, electrical and telephone equipment, soap, glassware and leather and textile products.
The official language is Kannada, though most residents can speak English and Hindi. Some can even understand other Indian languages, including Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu. The city is prone to traffic congestion and pollution, but its higher elevation means that it isn’t blanketed in smog like Delhi or Gurgaon. Plans for bus lanes and a London-style congestion tax are being discussed to ease the burden on the roads.
Montreal is Canada’s largest French metropolitan city and has a vibrant start-up culture. Major enterprises include business services, manufacturing and retail sales. It also has one of the nation’s fastest, most affordable transit systems. Its leaders have a vision for the future, including missions to become cash-free and oil-free by 2025.
Tech occupiers are increasingly seeking locations that can support the company’s growth while providing access to talent. Talent remains a key consideration in evaluating locations, and the San Francisco Bay Area remains the leading global hub for tech occupations, followed by Toronto, New York and Washington, D.C. However, other markets with medium-sized labor pools can offer a compelling combination of costs and talent, such as Montreal.
It is home to a range of architectural and cultural landmarks, including the Olympic Stadium with its inclined tower, Old Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica and the river-spanning Jacques-Cartier Bridge. It is also the first North American city to be designated a UNESCO City of Design. The city’s unique geography is also evident in its man-made creations, such as the urban park Mont Royal, which is popular for hiking and biking trails in summer and cross country skiing and tobogganing on the 233-meter summit in winter.
Tallinn is a major transportation and logistics hub, and its wonderful medieval spots, Nordic fusion cuisine, and scenic nature make it a popular tourist destination. The city is also home to many museums, shopping centers, and cruise routes.
A stroll through Tallinn’s old walled lower town (also called Old Town) is a journey through time. Its streets are lined with medieval merchant traders’ homes, warehouses, and offices—featuring plenty of fascinating touches from the Hanseatic Golden Age.
In the upper town, climb to the top of Toompea Castle for panoramic views over the city. The St Mary Cathedral is another Medieval church worth visiting, as is the Viru Shopping Center.
Throughout the city, there are several sprawling book shops you can spend hours in. Two of the best are Rahva Raamat in the Viru Centre and Apollo in the Solaris Centre. Both have comfy cafes nearby.
During the summer, stop at the Telliskivi Creative City to shop organic cosmetics and used and handmade goods from local vendors. The market is open on Saturdays and extends into the Creative City’s yard. Other options include boutiques on Old Town’s Vaike-Karja, Suur-Karja, and Muurivahe streets and the Balti Jaama market. To know more about Technical City just follow us.