How Some Citeis Are “Smart” and Others Might Become It
In the field of urban innovation, perhaps no topic is as hot right now as that of the “smart city.” But a new study finds that when broken down into its component parts, the approach is far more unevenly distributed than its catch-all label might imply — and that a better understanding of the concept, married with knowing the characteristics of a local place, can help predict which cities will get smart how.
The study is published in the most recent completed issue of the journal Cities. The goal of their work was to figure out whether, in a time of “limited empirical evidence” and “hype,” can a shared definition of the smart city concept be created? And if it can be, does it help explain how it has, and hasn’t, spread thus far?
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