The Routledge Companion to Smart Cities explores the question of what it means for a city to be ‘smart’, raises some of the tensions emerging in smart city developments and considers the implications for future ways of inhabiting and understanding the urban condition. The volume draws together a critical and cross-disciplinary overview of the emerging topic of smart cities and explores it from a range of theoretical and empirical viewpoints.
This timely book brings together key thinkers and projects from a wide range of fields and perspectives into one volume to provide a valuable resource that would enable the reader to take their own critical position within the topic. To situate the topic of the smart city for the reader and establish key concepts, the volume sets out the various interpretations and aspects of what constitutes and defines smart cities. It investigates and considers the range of factors that shape the characteristics of smart cities and draws together different disciplinary perspectives. The consideration of what shapes the smart city is explored through discussing three broad ‘parts’ – issues of governance, the nature of urban development and how visions are realised – and includes chapters that draw on empirical studies to frame the discussion with an understanding not just of the nature of the smart city but also how it is studied, understood and reflected upon.
The Companion will appeal to academics and advanced undergraduates and postgraduates from across many disciplines including Urban Studies, Geography, Urban Planning, Sociology and Architecture, by providing state of the art reviews of key themes by leading scholars in the field, arranged under clearly themed sections.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
part Part I|162 pages
Smart city governance
part Section 1|76 pages
Urban governance, data and participatory infrastructure
chapter 7|17 pages
Shaping participatory public data infrastructure in the smart city
part Section 2|84 pages
Governing, inclusion and smart citizens
chapter 12|18 pages
Governing technology-based urbanism
part Part II|103 pages
Smart city development
part Section 1|62 pages
Creative, smart or sustainable?
chapter 13|21 pages
Will the real smart city please stand up?
part Section 2|39 pages
Citizen science and co-production
part Part III|150 pages
Smart city visions
part Section 1|68 pages
Urban planning, city models and smart storytelling
chapter 22|20 pages
From hybrid spaces to “imagination cities”
chapter 23|17 pages
The museum in the smart city
part Section 2|80 pages
Cities and placemaking