SXSWeco Interview: Emma Stewart, Autodesk on Smart Cities

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autodesk-logoRounding out our set of interviews from this year’s SXSWeco is Emma Stewart who is the head of sustainability solutions for Autodesk.  We’ve long been impressed with Autodesk’s contribution to the smart or “green” building design movement so it was only logical that I ask Emma how that contribution spreads to the greater idea of smart cities.

The idea is pretty simple – take what we’ve learned about making buildings greener and more efficient, then find ways to simulate the myriad connections that exist between buildings that make up an entire city.  Autodesk is working with civil engineering firms, developers, and directly with city agencies who recognize they may not have enough data to build an effective 3d model of their cities.  An effective model can become a “single source of truth” on which to start making more intelligent decisions.

Learn more in the short video after the jump….

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.