The Routledge Companion to Smart Cities

1st Edition

Katharine S. Willis, Alessandro Aurigi

Routledge
March 3, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 456 Pages - 85 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138036673 - CAT# Y328615
Series: Routledge International Handbooks

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Summary

The Routledge Companion to Smart Cities explores the question of what it means for a city to be ‘smart’, raises some of the tensions emerging in smart city developments, and considers the implications for future ways of inhabiting and understanding the urban condition. The volume draws together a critical and cross-disciplinary overview of the emerging topic of smart cities and explores it from a range of theoretical and empirical viewpoints.

This timely book brings together key thinkers and projects from a wide range of fields and perspectives into one volume together to provide a valuable resource that would enable the reader to take their own critical position within the topic. To situate the topic of the smart city for the reader, the volume sets out the various interpretations and aspects of what constitutes and defines smart cities in order to frame the topic and establish key concepts. It investigates and considers the range of factors that shape the characteristics of smart cities and draw together different disciplinary perspectives. The consideration of what shapes the smart city is explored through discussing three broad ‘parts’; issues of governance, the nature of urban development and how visions are realised, and includes chapters that draw on empirical studies to frame the discussion with an understanding not just of the nature of the smart city but how it is studied, understood and reflected upon.

The Companion will appeal to academics and advanced undergraduates and postgraduates from across many disciplines including Urban Studies, Geography, Urban Planning, Sociology and Architecture by providing state of the art reviews of key themes by leading scholars in the field arranged under clearly themed sections.

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