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TitleInside smart cities : place, politics and urban innovation / edited by Andrew Karvonen, Federico Cugurullo and Federico Caprotti
ImprintLondon ; New York : Routledge, 2019
Descript xviii, 303 pages : illustrations, maps, charts ; 24 cm


"The era of the smart city has arrived. Only a decade ago, the promise of optimising urban services through the widespread application of information and communication technologies was largely a techno-Utopian fantasy. Today, smart urbanisation is occurring via urban projects, policies and visions in hundreds of cities around the globe. Inside Smart Cities provides real-world evidence on how local authorities, small and medium enterprises, corporations, utility providers and civil society groups are creating smart cities at the neighbourhood, city and regional scales. Twenty three empirically detailed case studies from the Global North and South (ranging from Cape Town, Stockholm and Abu Dhabi to Philadelphia, Hong Kong and Santiago) illustrate the multiple and diverse incarnations of smart urbanism. The contributors draw on ideas from urban studies, geography, urban planning, science and technology studies and innovation studies to go beyond the rhetoric of technological innovation and reveal the political, social and physical implications of digitalising the built environment. Collectively, the practices of smart urbanism raise fundamental questions about the sustainability, liveability and resilience of cities in the future. The findings are relevant to academics, students, practitioners and urban stakeholders who are questioning how urban innovation relates to politics and place"--Publisher's website


Introduction: situating smart cities -- Prat 1. Grounding and contextualising : Realising smart cities: partnerships and economic development in the emergence and practices of smart in Newcastle, Australia -- Dissecting the Frankenstein city : an examination of smart urbanism in Hong Kong -- Ordinary Chinese smart cities: the case of Wuhan -- The free zone and smart-global urbanization in Philadelphia -- Part 2. Integrating and aligning : Actually existing smart Dublin: exploring smart city development in history and context -- Smart cities as strategic actors: insights from EU lighthouse projects in Stavanger, Stockholm, and Nottingham -- Smart goes green: digitalising environmental agendas in Bristol and Manchester -- Smart urbanism and the visibility and reconfiguration of infrastructure and public action in the French cities of Issy-les-Moulineaux and Nice -- The transnational smart city as urban eco-modernisation: the case of Masdar City in Abu Dhabi -- Part 3. Contradicting and challenging : Acknowledging the idiot in the smart city: experimentation and citizenship in the making of a low-carbon district in Santiago de Chile -- A smart equivocation: co-laboration and subsidiarity in a smart city consortium -- Parramatta smart city and the quest to build Australia's next great city -- From participation to startup urbanisation? re-situating open data in Lisbon -- Part 4. Experiencing and encountering : Barcelona: from corporate smart city to technological sovereignty -- Smart innovation at the margins: learning from Cape Town and Kibera -- Innovating for an aging society: insights from two Japanese smart cities -- Life in smart Seoul: The female factor -- Conclusions: the long and unsettled future of smart cities

Smart cities City planning -- Technological innovations Community development Urban Sustainable development

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