This research paper by the McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute outlines the framework and reasons for creating smarter cities and their potential positive impact for many industries. “Smart Cities: How to Build Sustainable and Resilient Environments in an Increasingly Urbanized World,” by Paul Doherty, AIA, President and CEO of the digit group, inc., was developed to raise awareness of the aspiration of smart cities and give examples of current successes. More than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and that figure is expected to rise to 70% by 2050. With populations growing, cities are overhauling everything from transportation to green/smart buildings, energy and public safety. The paper looks at how cities go about creating the infrastructure to succeed in the future and how citizens and industries can benefit from this growth.