Smart Cities Alliance

May 3, 2022 (CEST) @ 9:00 AM

Smart Cities Alliance – Smart Cities Implementation – Success and Failure Stories

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A smart city is an emerging topic, showing a concurrent development regarding both theoretical research and empirical implementation. Meanwhile, academic researchers have been studying the theoretical aspects of a smart city, suggesting definitions and models for their understanding, largest cities all over the world have been starting to realize smart projects for realizing smarter living in urban areas. As the smart city movement is spontaneous, each city pursues its own goals prioritizing smart initiatives of different nature: sometimes the use of ICT prevails, some others green energy production is at the core of smart programs; and so on.

In this context, smart cities, are able to combine technological solutions to pertinent urban challenges, thus improving the quality of life, safety, and sustainability. Smart technologies are able to offer solutions to drive economic prosperity and social wellbeing. Indeed, public transit systems, the automobile sector, and energy, among others have proven the immeasurable benefit of smart technologies in improving the quality of life in urban areas. However, as with any implementation of technological solutions, the risk of alienating people exists. In many instances, during the planning of informational urbanism and smart city initiatives, cities may become reduced to figures, codes, and programming language on a computer. People become secondary to this huge geographic space that can only attain meaning and relevance through people’s attachment, identity, sense of place, and feelings.

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