Did you see the V-Pole concept that Douglas Coupland unveiled with Mayor Gregor at the New Cities Summit in Paris last month? Essentially it was a simple idea to address the issues of electric vehicle charging stations and cellular data - both of which will need to increase hugely in the years to come - with more energy-and-cost-efficient LED street lighting. And it was brilliant. Below is a simple diagram of it.
Now coming up with a simple, brilliant idea is one thing, but bringing it into the real world is another. Coupland presented the concept with some basic ideas and connections to technology that could help to make it a reality, and I am happy to report to you that just today Vancouver City Council approved a viability assessment whereby the City will be launching pilot projects, reviewing and updating policy for this sort of infrastructure and, hopefully, finding a way to bring the V-Pole to life!
Learn all about this exciting idea at V-Pole.com and keep your fingers crossed that you see it on your block in the not-so-distant future.