Magazine article Management Review

City of the Future

Magazine article Management Review

City of the Future

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Finally, Europe is going to have its own Silicon Valley, and it will start to take shape in the summer of 2000 by the Aegean Sea in Greece, the native land of Anthony Tomazinis, the brain behind the concept. Tomazinis, a professor of city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, has named the high-tech city "Technopolis." He envisions that companies around the globe will gather there to do R&D in bioengineering, robotics, medical tools, pharmaceuticals and biochemistry. "[It] will be totally devoted to scientific research," Tomazinis says.

The idea for the city, first conceived in 1989, was based on the notion that if two minds are better than one, then a pooling of the world's great scientific minds in one location will foster creativity and technology development unsurpassed by any one country or research facility.

Technopolis will be far enough away from major cities such as Athens that its inhabitants can stay focused and think about which scientific lectures to attend at night instead of where to wine and dine, Tomazinis says. …

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