Smartness that matter: Towards a comprehensive and human-centred characterisation of smart cities

Prado, Alexander Lara, da Costa, Eduardo Moreira, Furlani, Thiago Zilinscki, & Yigitcanlar, Tan (2016) Smartness that matter: Towards a comprehensive and human-centred characterisation of smart cities. Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity, 2(8), pp. 1-13.

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The widespread use and the fuzziness of the smart cities concept hinder the understanding of the benefits of its adoption and explain the existence of many activities with fragmented or distorted views of what one would expect from a truly smart city. An overview of the key terms, concepts and definitions associated to smart cities demonstrates that the definitions found in the academic literature have limited scope and are overly focused on strategic drivers or specific actions, instead of making explicitly the connection between the concept of smart cities and the creation of environments that promote happiness and the well-being of their residents—the main function of a city. This paper proposes a comprehensive, human-centred, context-free definition of smart cities, which is neutral in relation to specific technologies or strategies. The proposed definition brings an endogenous vision of smart cities in which the central element is the direct participation of local actors and stakeholders in the process of thinking, defining, planning and executing social, technological and urban transformations in the city.

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ID Code: 96336
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: smart cities, information and communication technologies, urban planning and development, human-centred cities, smart communities
DOI: 10.1186/s40852-016-0034-z
ISSN: 2199-8531
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: 2016 The Author(s).
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Deposited On: 26 Jun 2016 22:14
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2016 01:13

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