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Creating Smart-er Cities: An Overview ARTICLE


Journal of Urban Technology Volume 18, Number 2, ISSN 1063-0732


The following offers an overview of what it means for cities to be “smart.” It draws the supporting definitions and critical insights into smart cities from a series of papers presented at the 2009 Trans-national Conference on Creating Smart(er) Cities. What the papers all have in common is their desire to overcome the all too often self-congratulatory nature of the claims cities make to be smart and their over-reliance on a distinctively entrepreneurial route to smart cities. Individually, they serve to highlight the major challenges cities face in their drive to become smart. Collectively they begin to uncover what it means for cities to be smart. Together the papers offer an alternative route to smart cities laid down by those advocating a more neo-liberal roadmap, rooted in a critically aware knowledge-base and more realistic understanding of what it means for cities to be smart(er). (Contains 1 note and 1 figure.)


Allwinkle, S. & Cruickshank, P. (2011). Creating Smart-er Cities: An Overview. Journal of Urban Technology, 18(2), 1-16. Retrieved August 17, 2017 from .

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