The Smart City, Integrated Design and Planning and Urban Tech

Belle, Iris The Smart City, Integrated Design and Planning and Urban Tech. REAL CORP 2019 – IS THIS THE REAL WORLD? Perfect Smart Cities vs. Real Emotional Cities. Proceedings of 24th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 793-798. ISSN 2521-3938

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In the past couple of years UrbanTech projects have raised an unprecedented amount of venture capital. They propose to combine IT, data and knowledge about the capacities of our built environment and offer their customers solutions in housing and energy use, design, construction and occupancy of buildings and transportation. Following individual business plans they are developed for predefined environments characterised by spatial scales and that can be modelled with easily available data. The for profit projects are different from “Smart City Solutions”, which are a municipal service, target a city’s entire population and aim for an integration across urban systems. In their current stage of development “Smart City Solutions” have, however, struggled in particular to achieve the interoperability between urban systems and urban management platforms. The objective of the paper is to explore the potential of insular but structured entrepreneurial efforts of UrbanTech projects to create a city data marketplace. A concern is father the usefulness of these data to promote integrated types of planning and design of built spaces, thus increasing the overall quality of the built environment and the transparency of processes. This paper presents an analysis of UrbanTech projects receiving incubation or acceleration grants for piloting or scaling business models based on digital information sharing with the objective of creating better or improving built environments. Focus is put on comparing the spatial scales covered by the projects, the type of data shared, the process of data collection, storage and management and the interoperability of platforms as well as the alliances with professionals contributing and profiting from sharing. A framework for analysis and understanding of venture capital financed urban services is crucial for urban administrators concerned with achieving integration of urban processes and systems as well as for entrepreneurs seeking to make their projects relevant in the long term.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Planning and collaboration; integrated design and planning; collaborative consumption; Incubators and accelerators; city data marketplace
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Depositing User: The CORP Team
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2019 09:54
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2019 09:54

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