Smart and sustainable cities: lecture 3

When one thinks of what a Smart City is, the natural inclination would be to a Utopian (or dystopian) vision — largely based on technology — specifically Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the Internet of Things (IoT). It imagines a future where lives are made easier and more productive — thanks to technology. However, it is easy to overlook the important roles governance, culture and community play in enabling smart practices to take place. Furthermore, as the needs of the city dwellers around the world vary, so too do definitions of what makes a Smart City.

In this three part lecture series, we consider three generations of Smart City case studies from around the world — investigating their unique characteristics and key smart innovations and design principles, and ultimately ask whether such environments really enhance our daily lives. In this third and final lecture of the series, we investigate Third Generation Smart Cities, Barcelona and Amsterdam.

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