July 11th, 2014
08:40 PM ET

City of Tomorrow: Doha home to the largest collection of Islamic art

Doha, the capital of Qatar, is also the country's largest city and economic center. It is a place with one foot in the past and one in the future.

At the center of the city is the museum of Islamic art. What can a monument to the past show us about the City of Tomorrow?

Filed under: City of Tomorrow • International • Middle East • News
June 26th, 2014
08:20 PM ET

City of Tomorrow: Is this the world's greenest city?

Imagine a city with 100 percent renewable energy, producing close to zero carbon emissions. Then imagine this city is in the middle of an unforgiving desert - hot, humid, without water.

If it can be done there, can it be done anywhere?

CNN's Erin Burnett went to Masdar City, a project under development just outside of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

Filed under: City of Tomorrow • International
June 19th, 2014
10:30 PM ET

City of Tomorrow: A tour of the world's tallest tower

Is the City Of Tomorrow already here?

CNN's Erin Burnett travels to Dubai, where she shows how the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, is using smart, energy-saving technology for buildings of the future.

Filed under: City of Tomorrow • News • Tech
May 30th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Company uses surveillance video to track foot traffic

(CNN) - Some residents of Oakland, California, fear their community is creating a monster.

The city calls it the Domain Awareness Center, but opponents call it a "spy machine" and a potential "tool of injustice."

Known as "the DAC," it's a proposed central surveillance facility where authorities can monitor the Port of Oakland and the city's airport to protect against potential terrorism.

But the broader issue of centralized data surveillance poses serious privacy questions for millions of people in cities around the globe.

In March, more than 100 worried Oakland residents waited past midnight to complain about it during a City Council meeting. Standing at the mic, Maya Shweiky, a self-described public school teacher and Muslim, warned lawmakers their proposal would be used to "discriminate against minorities and perpetuate racial, religious and political profiling."

While the council voted on the proposal, rowdy protesters began chanting, "No! No! No! No!"

Council members have proposed expanding the DAC to add live, 24/7 data streams from closed circuit traffic cameras, police license plate readers, gunshot detectors and other sources from all over the entire city of Oakland.


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Filed under: City of Tomorrow • Surveillance • Tech