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The smart city model: A new panacea for urban sustainability or unmanageable complexity?
Högskolan i Gävle, Akademin för teknik och miljö, Avdelningen för bygg- energi- och miljöteknik, Miljöteknik. Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Royal Academy of Sciences, Sweden.ORCID-id: 0000-0001-7644-7448
Colding Digital Teknik AB, Sweden.
Högskolan i Gävle, Akademin för teknik och miljö, Avdelningen för bygg- energi- och miljöteknik, Miljöteknik. Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden.ORCID-id: 0000-0003-2637-2024
2018 (engelsk)Inngår i: Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, ISSN 2399-8083Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Despite several calls in this journal of debating the rapid growth of the literature on “smart cities”, such a debate has in large been absent. Smart cities are often un-critically launched as a sustainable way of developing cities. When cities become increasingly complex as its features are wired into the Internet, theories for their understanding is lagging behind. As it is prospected that a greater number of people and things will become connected by Information and Computer Technology, the complexity of urban systems will over time increase. Historical insights reveal that as complexity in societies increase, growth in energy consumption tends to follow. In this paper, we discuss whether complexity carried too far could lead to diminishing returns of energy saving and create unmanageable urban systems. As part of initiating such a debate, this commentary asks whether the smart cities development has a bearing on the issue whether a society can erode its capacity of sustaining itself? We pose this question against the backdrop that no one actually knows what type of society the smart cities model in the end will generate.

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SAGE Publications Ltd , 2018.
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Cities, smart cities, sustainability
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-26675DOI: 10.1177/2399808318763164Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85044354519OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-26675DiVA, id: diva2:1211925
Tilgjengelig fra: 2018-05-31 Laget: 2018-05-31 Sist oppdatert: 2018-11-26bibliografisk kontrollert

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