Smart & Sustainable Cities

When one thinks of what a Smart City is, the natural inclination might be to imagine driver-less cars, and the use of Big Data as big brother. Such a utopian (or dystopian) vision is largely based on technology – specifically Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the Internet of Things (IoT), and a future where lives are made easier and productive through technology. However, it is often easy to overlook the important roles governance, culture and community engagement plays in enabling smart practices to take place. Furthermore, as the needs of city dwellers around the world vary, so too do definitions of what makes a Smart City. We continue to meticulously study smart cities from around the world; investigating their unique characteristics, key smart innovations and ultimately ask whether such environments really enhance our daily lives.

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