Digital and Smart Cities presents an overview of how technologies shape our cities. There is a growing awareness in the fields of design and architecture of the need to address the way that technology affects the urban condition. This book aims to give an informative and definitive overview of the topic of digital and smart cities. It explores the topic from a range of different perspectives, both theoretical and historical, and through a range of case studies of digital cities around the world.
The approach taken by the authors is to view the city as a socially constructed set of activities, practices and organisations. This enables the discussion to open up a more holistic and citizen- centred understanding of how technology shapes urban change through the way it is imagined, used, implemented and developed in a societal context. By drawing together a range of currently quite disparate discussions, the aim is to enable the reader to take their own critical position within the topic.
The book starts out with definitions and sets out the various interpretations and aspects of what constitutes and defines digital cities. The text then investigates and considers the range of factors that shape the characteristics of digital cities and draws together different disciplinary perspectives into a coherent discussion. The consideration of the different dimensions of the digital city is backed up with a series of relevant case studies of global city contexts in order to frame the discussion with real world examples.
Katharine S. Willis is Associate Professor (Reader) in the School of Art, Design and Architecture at Plymouth University, UK. She is the author of Netspaces: Space and Place in a Networked World (Routledge, 2016). Alessandro Aurigi is Professor of Urban Design and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Plymouth. He has previously worked at Newcastle University and UCL, UK. His research focuses on the relationships between our increasingly digital society and the ways we conceive, design and manage urban space to enhance and support place quality. He has previously published Making the Digital City and Augmented Urban Spaces (Ashgate).
List of Figures Acknowledgements Part One 01 Chapter One: Definitions and Approaches 02 Chapter Two: Historical Context Part Two 03 Chapter Three: Techno-centric Cities 04 Chapter Four: Socially constructed digital and smart cities Part Three 05 Chapter Five: Social, cultural and political 06 Chapter Six: Economics, globalisation and development 07 Chapter Seven: Planning, design and architecture 08 Chapter Eight: Mobilities 09 Chapter Nine: Governance and participation 10 Chapter Ten: From Digital to Smart and Beyond Index