Smart Cities or Smart About Cities?

Ryser, Judith (2016) Smart Cities or Smart About Cities? REAL CORP 2016 – SMART ME UP! How to become and how to stay a Smart City, and does this improve quality of life? Proceedings of 21st International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 579-587.

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This paper builds on the one towards CORP 2104 'Plan it Smart' which attempted to define 'smart cities' for the purpose of planning and against other city typologies. It concentrates on how ICT or 'smart technology' is applied in cities and discusses its critiques. It explores who benefits from 'smart' interventions: the ICT industry, governments or the users and whether there are inherent contradictions between top down and bottom up urban interventions. It explores the preconditions of improving living conditions for all by 'smart' technologies, including the role of discourse analysis, and raises issues of equity and social justice. Lastly, the paper discusses Hajer's alternative of 'smart urbanism' expressed in his agenda for planning and design in 'Smart about cities' and concludes that the growth ideology still prevails despite promising excursions into decoupling it from urban resources.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: smart cities, smart about cities, contradictions between societal factors, spatial social justice, smart technologies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2016 13:18
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2016 13:18

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