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    Melbourne is the world’s best city for smart infrastructure and it’s only getting better, according to Metropolis Magazine.

    ‘The World’s Most Livable Cities’ list was compiled by Metropolis and a panel of judges, which included architects, city planners and designers, and compares the world’s major cities on how they are to live, work, and play in.

    Toronto, Tokyo and Helsinki were ranked as the top-three most livable cities overall by the judges, while Melbourne was ranked as the best city in the world for smart existing infrastructure and also for its infrastructure upgrade plans.

    “With its population anticipated to increase by five to seven million by 2040, Melbourne has become even smarter,” reads the Metropolis description of Melbourne.

    “Municipal councils, designers, and entrepreneurs are embracing digital technology, hot-wiring the city and intensifying infrastructure to transform the built environment and daily lives.

    “A snapshot reveals that the smart inner city and suburbs like Fitzroy offer all amenities within walking distance—210 acres of city asphalt have been converted to wider footpaths and open space, while in eclectic Smith Street, Collingwood, a proliferation of mid-rise development has popped up along tramlines to cater to a growing population.”

    The Netherlands’ Rotterdam was ranked the top city for sustainability and was praised by the judges for its storm protection system, green-roof program and region-wide heat-sharing infrastructure.

    Singapore received a mention for its commitment to sustainable and quality housing, the city’s high-rise, high-density housing estates were called “innovative” by Metropolis.

    World’s Most Liveable Cities:

    1. Toronto
    2. Tokyo
    3. Helsinki


    Walkability: Copenhagen
    Culture: Hong Kong
    Landscape: Indianapolis
    Transportation: Medellin
    Smart Infrastructure: Melbourne
    Preservation: Pittsburgh
    Sustainability: Rotterdam
    Housing: Singapore

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