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Buenos Aires: ‘smart cities’ still require water and sanitation

April 14, 2017

By: Benedict Mander

(Financial Times) When Buenos Aires' new city hall was inaugurated two years ago, it highlighted the revival of one of the city's most disadvantaged neighborhoods. Far from the downtown gridlock, the gently undulating roof of the airy structure dominates the skyline of the poorer, low-rise southern fringes of the capital.

Around the building, designed by the celebrated British architects Foster + Partners, more than 200 technology companies and three technical universities have sprung up. Enticed by tax benefits and subsidised rent, they have created more than 11,000 jobs. The "technological district" set up in Parque Patricios in 2009 is just one of a growing number of zones that the authorities have created in depressed areas. They also promote sport, arts and design, as part of the local government's aim to turn Buenos Aires into a "smart city"...


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