This chapter suggests a pragmatic approach to the design and implementation of GI focusing on the more immediate and localised functional benefits that are simpler to justify in financial terms, for example the delivery of ancillary water-related or public access services, and on its connectivity roles. It explores the nexus between primary food production, urban food and waste and outlined strategies to produce a more holistic food system. The chapter investigates the notion of 'urban consciousness' and its relationship with 'smart cities', and quality of life. It investigates issues around urban megaprojects in smart development. Some megaprojects radically transform but others backfire and waste resources or damage the environment. The indicative link between smart cities and university ranks, and extensive econometric evidence suggest that universities are central to smart cities. To manage development pressures and improve resource allocation, smart cities need reliable information systems.