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Rethinking Smart Cities

9781803926797 Edward Elgar Publishing
Zaheer Allam, Research Associate, IAE Paris – Sorbonne Business School, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France and Yusra Raisah Takun, Live+Smart Research Laboratory, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University, Australia
Publication Date: December 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80392 679 7 Extent: c 208 pp
This innovative book explores the foundations of the Smart City and, through a critique of its challenges and concerns, showcases how to redefine the concept for increased sustainability, liveability and resilience in urban areas. It undertakes a review of the Smart City concept, providing a new perspective on how technology-based urban solutions must be centred around human dimensions to render more liveable urban fabrics.

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This innovative book explores the foundations of the Smart City and, through a critique of its challenges and concerns, showcases how to redefine the concept for increased sustainability, liveability and resilience in urban areas. It undertakes a review of the Smart City concept, providing a new perspective on how technology-based urban solutions must be centred around human dimensions to render more liveable urban fabrics.

Chapters highlight how existing digital infrastructures can be coupled with emerging ones, so that they can provide increased efficiency and performance, with an ultimate objective of rendering safer, more sustainable, resilient and inclusive cities, aligning with the needs of the SDGs. The book also covers emerging technologies and concepts, such as 6G and the ’15-Minute City’, underlining how these can develop within Smart City frameworks

This is an invigorating look into the concept of the Smart City and how it can be improved and rethought, making it useful for urban studies and human geography academics and researchers. It also offers helpful insights for policymakers and planners on how to increase the quality of life in modern cities.
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'Rethinking Smart Cities offers a refreshing and insightful survey of the increasingly popular concept of “Smart Cities” It surveys the concept’s evolution before critiquing the scope and offering contemporary warnings about the biases and assumptions embedded in this idea that is pervading much of our Western-informed city and regional planning literature and practice today.'
– David S. Jones, Monash University and Griffith University, Australia

‘In the post-COVID world, humanity needs new models of understanding positive urbanization such as the “15-Minute City”. Allam and Takun argue for using technology to implement the human-scale city, not to replace it with a totalitarian dystopia. Massive collection of data can be used either to enhance the human experience, or to control the population.’
– Nikos A. Salingaros, The University of Texas at San Antonio, US
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