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MANILA, Philippines -  With the sustained growth of the Philippine economy, the local property market continues to attract massive investments, and foreign players are not passing up on the opportunities the country has to offer.

But with the availability of developable land in Metro Manila becoming limited, reclamation is starting to be a feasible option for developers to acquire land in the country's capital

French firms SUEZ and Bouygues Construction have signed a worldwide partnership agreement to develop sustainable smart cities with circular economy solutions.

French firms SUEZ and Bouygues Construction have signed a worldwide partnership agreement to develop sustainable smart cities with circular economy solutions.

In 2014, the new Indian government declared its intention to achieve 100 smart cities. In promoting this objective, it gave the example of a large development in the island city of Mumbai, Bhendi Bazaar. There, three-to-five-storey housing would be replaced with towers of between 40 to 60 storeys to increase density. This has come to be known as “vertical with a vengeance”. 

With all the hype around smart cities today, you would think they are ubiquitous. Even though there are a few high-profile examples, smart cities aren’t yet as widespread as you might think.

Almost everywhere I travel these days I hear someone talking about making their city a "smart city."

What is a smart city? It’s where urban networks – human and technological – are integrated in order to optimise convenience, efficiency and the quality of life for the people who live and work in it.

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