Korean ubiquitous-eco-city : a smart-sustainable urban form or a branding hoax?

Yigitcanlar, Tan & Lee, Sang Ho (2013) Korean ubiquitous-eco-city : a smart-sustainable urban form or a branding hoax? Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 89, pp. 100-114.

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The buzzwords of zero-carbon, low-carbon, carbon-neutral, smart-eco and ubiquitous-eco have become common brands for the sustainable eco-cities of the 21st century. This paper focuses on one of these city types ‘ubiquitous-eco-city’ (u-eco-city). The principal premise of a u-eco-city is to provide a high quality of life and place to residents, workers and visitors with low-to-no negative impacts on the natural environment by using state-of-the-art technologies in the planning, development and management stages. The paper aims to put this premise into a test and address whether u-eco-city is a dazzling smart and sustainable urban form that constitutes an ideal 21st century city model or just a branding hoax. This paper explores recent developments and trends in the ubiquitous technologies, infrastructures, services and management systems, and their utilisation and implications for the development of u-eco-cities. The paper places Korean u-eco-city initiatives under microscope, and critically discusses their prospects in forming a smart and sustainable urban form and become an ideal city model.

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ID Code: 62581
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: eco-city, ubiquitous-eco-city, sustainable urban development, Korea, urban technology
DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2013.08.034
ISSN: 0040-1625
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Analysis and Development (120507)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Technological Forecasting and Social Change. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Technological Forecasting and Social Change, [in press] DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2013.08.034
Deposited On: 17 Sep 2013 22:41
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2014 02:53

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