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Smart City Reading List

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Much has been written, said and studied on the subject of Smart Cities. Whilst their are a plethora of blogs, web-sites, podcasts and other resources available - the books listed on this page are quite suitable to build a working understanding of the topic and its nuances.

Smart cities: Issues and challenges

From the cover - "Smart Cities: Issues and Challenges: Mapping Political, Social and Economic Risks and Threats" serves as a primer on smart cities, providing readers with no prior knowledge on smart cities with an understanding of the current smart cities debates. Gathering cutting-edge research and insights from academics, practitioners and policymakers around the globe, it identifies and discusses the nascent threats and challenges contemporary urban areas face, highlighting the drivers and ways of navigating these issues in an effective manner. Uniquely providing a blend of conceptual academic analysis with empirical insights, the book produces policy recommendations that boost urban sustainability and resilience.

Anna Visvizi, Miltiadis Lytras (Editors)

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Smart cities: MIT Press essential knowledge series

From the cover - Over the past ten years, urban planners, technology companies, and governments have promoted smart cities with a somewhat utopian vision of urban life made knowable and manageable through data collection and analysis. Emerging smart cities have become both crucibles and showrooms for the practical application of the Internet of Things, cloud computing, and the integration of big data into everyday life. Are smart cities optimized, sustainable, digitally networked solutions to urban problems? Or are they neoliberal, corporate-controlled, undemocratic non-places? This volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series offers a concise introduction to smart cities, presenting key concepts, definitions, examples, and historical contexts, along with discussions of both the drawbacks and the benefits of this approach to urban life.

Germaine Halegoua (Author)

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Smart cities smart futures: Showcasing tomorrow

From the cover - This remarkable book is a window into our shared future. In crisp language and sharp detail, Mike Barlow and Cornelia Lévy-Bencheton explain how smart cities are powerful forces for positive change. With keen eyes and warm hearts, they invite readers to imagine the world of tomorrow, a fascinating world of connected cities and communities. They capture and convey the depth and richness of the worldwide smart city movement.

Smart Cities, Smart Future describes the impact of smart city projects on people in towns, cities and nations around the world. The book includes descriptions of ongoing smart city projects in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Mike Barlow, Cornelia Levy-Bencheton (Authors) 


The smart enough city:

Putting technology in its place to reclaim our urban future

From the cover - In The Smart Enough City, Ben Green warns against seeing the city only through the lens of technology; taking an exclusively technical view of urban life will lead to cities that appear smart but under the surface are rife with injustice and inequality. He proposes instead that cities strive to be "smart enough"- to embrace technology as a powerful tool when used in conjunction with other forms of social change-but not to value technology as an end in itself.

Green describes smart city efforts gone wrong but also smart enough alternatives, attainable with the help of technology but not reducible to technology- a livable city, a democratic city, a just city, a responsible city, and an innovative city. 

Ben Green (Author) 

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