The UK-based startup Planet Smart City, the global leader in smart affordable housing, is announcing expanding its presence in Brazil with the launch of its fourth smart city in the country: Smart City Aquiraz. The 200-hectare site will be home to more than 18,000 residents.
Through its unique proptech approach, Planet Smart City (2015) applies its expertise in smart solutions integration, digital technologies, services and social innovation to enhance quality of life. Embracing digital transformation, the company places its residents at the heart of its activities. Its smart, sustainable and socially inclusive communities are supported by the unrivalled services of the Planet App, which enables residents to engage with each other and the neighbourhood around them.
Headquartered in London, Planet has raised €100 million since inception and is executing an ambitious growth plan which includes the launch of 30 projects by 2023 with an intermediate milestone of eight large-scale residential projects launched in 2020.
This new 4th smart city follows the successful launch of Smart City Laguna (also in Ceará), Smart City Natal (in Rio Grande do Norte) and Viva!Smart (in São Paulo). Smart City Aquiraz will feature a host of social and digital solutions including a free library, cinema, outdoor fitness areas, cycle lanes, urban gardens, a football pitch and some shared kitchen facilities for residents as well as technological features such and free wifi across communal areas.
Located on the CE-040 highway, with daily public transport available, Smart City Aquiraz provides affordable homes for those who work in the capital as well as Fortaleza’s buzzing tourism industry. Close by is the state’s second-largest hotel park and many beautiful beaches as well as Beach Park – the largest water park in South America. The city features two-bedroom houses, which will start to be built as soon as lockdown in the state of Ceará is lifted. First residents are expected to move in by the end of 2020.
Susanna Marchionni, CEO of Planet Smart City in Brazil said: “We are excited to further extend our presence in Brazil with the addition of Smart City Aquiraz. Brazil is one of the top five countries with the largest housing deficits worldwide, and through our projects we are able to tackle this issue. Aquiraz’s smart affordable homes, valuable services and convenient location near Fortaleza’s tourist hotspots will create a buzzing community for years to come.”
Giovanni Savio, Global CEO of Planet Smart City added: “We are delighted to launch Smart City Aquiraz and have seen great demand from potential new residents. As with all our cities it is designed to be inclusive, connected and vibrant, supported by a range of services that encourage shared economics and a new way of community living.”
Here you can see a video about their previous project in Brazil, to get an idea of how such a smart city would look.