The city of the future is often thought of as high density, urban landscape. This week a new type of smart city opens its doors in Florida: a low density eco-town called the Babcock Ranch. Having turned over 75% of its c. 92,000 acreage to being a nature reserve, the scheme boasts its own 75MW solar energy supply, a restaurant serving farm-grown produce and a school delivering a green-focused curriculum. However, it’s not a hippy commune. The development features fibre in every home, self-driving shuttles to traverse the estate, and a technology infrastructure arrived at in partnership with IBM. All of this is privately delivered. For those in government looking for potential new town delivery vehicles, or private land owners with large extra-urban estates, this might be one worth a watch.