This is an extract from our Future Cities series, where we explore how major destinations are using smart design to shape the city of the future. In this installment, we look at how Taipei is leveraging city planning, smart technology and the Internet of Things to design the future of urban living.
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Introduction

Taipei is emerging as one of Asia’s leading innovators in urban planning and design, green architecture, public transportation and smart technology leveraging the Internet of Things. Home to the annual Smart City Summit & Expo, the Taiwanese capital is aggressively developing new smart city infrastructure to maintain its high livability standards and clean air index in the face of massive population growth.

According to MasterCard’s 2015 Global Destination Cities Index, Taipei ranks as the fastest growing metropolis among the top 20 cities worldwide in terms of of international overnight visitors, with Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore being the top feeder cities. Rising prosperity in China is for the first time enabling middle-class consumers to make overseas leisure trips – and one of the first destinations they are exploring is neighboring Taiwan. So Taipei is working overtime to lessen the anticipated environmental impact by focusing on advanced sustainability and mobility.

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Future Cities is a collaboration between Skift and MasterCard, exploring how major destinations are preparing for the new age of urban mobility. From connected infrastructure to smart technologies, this series looks at how global cities are creating seamless and personalized experiences for visitors and residents. 

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