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Developing a Critical Understanding of Smart Urbanism?

Luque-Ayala, A.; Marvin, S.

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S. Marvin


Smart urbanism is emerging at the intersection of visions for the future of urban places, new technologies and infrastructures. Smart urbanism discourses are deeply rooted in seductive and normative visions of the future where digital technology stands as the primary driver for change. Yet our understanding of the opportunities, challenges, and implications of smart urbanism is limited. Research in this field is in its infancy, fragmented along disciplinary lines and often based on single city case studies. As a result, we lack both the theoretical insight and empirical evidence required to assess the implications of this potentially transformative phenomenon. Given the significant implications of smart urbanism there is an urgent need to critically engage with why, how, for whom and with what consequences smart urbanism is emerging in different urban contexts. The aim of this review is to unpack the different logics and rationales behind smart urbanism discourses and proposals, and in this way understand the ways by which imaginaries of urban futures are currently being constructed, along with their socio-technical and political implications for future research priorities.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 1, 2015
Online Publication Date Mar 23, 2015
Publication Date Sep 1, 2015
Deposit Date Feb 20, 2015
Publicly Available Date Feb 24, 2015
Journal Urban Studies
Print ISSN 0042-0980
Electronic ISSN 1360-063X
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 12
Pages 2105-2116
Keywords Cities, Critical, Digital, Smart urbanism.
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Copyright Statement
Luque-Ayala, A. & Marvin, S. (2015). Developing a Critical Understanding of Smart Urbanism? Urban Studies 52(12): 2105-2116. Copyright © 2015 Urban Studies Journal Limited. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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