Smart Cities — Open Access Journal
Smart Cities (ISSN 2624-6511) is an international scientific peer-reviewed open access journal on the science and technology of smart cities. The journal focuses on electrical engineering for smart cities; Computer engineering and information technology engineering for smart cities; Cyber–physical systems and Virtual reality for Smart Cities; Smart hospitals and health informatics; Transport and mobility, published quarterly online by MDPI.
- Open Access - free for readers, no limits on space and color.
- Rapid Publication: accepted papers are immediately published online.
- Recognition of Reviewers: reviewers who provide timely, thorough peer-review reports receive vouchers entitling them to a discount on the APC of their next publication in any MDPI journal, in appreciation of the work done.
Economically Incentivising Smart Urban Regeneration. Case Study of Port Louis, Mauritius►▼ Figures
Smart Cities 2018, 1(1), 53-74; https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities1010004 - 9 August 2018
Port Louis, the capital city of Mauritius, has been the preferred city for hosting the judicial, political and business activities of the country for the past two centuries. However, new policies have created nine new smart cities in greenfield locations within 10 km[...] Read more.
Port Louis, the capital city of Mauritius, has been the preferred city for hosting the judicial, political and business activities of the country for the past two centuries. However, new policies have created nine new smart cities in greenfield locations within 10 km from Port Louis, so the capital city is facing economic decline as it is losing businesses, as well as administrative functions. This loss equates to an erosion in municipal revenue along with a reduced interest in contributing to the development of the city; all of which takes a toll on its urban economic landscape, as well as on the broader Mauritian economy. This paper builds from the findings of a focus group study to propose a smart urban regeneration model for the City of Port Louis, which could enable the old city to be restored and regenerated rather than redeveloped in modernist architecture, as has happened in the new smart cities model. A smart urban regeneration model is proposed backed by the pillars of smart infrastructure, culture, metabolism and governance. The proposed model is applied to the context of Port Louis to generate an urban regeneration scheme. The potential benefits in terms of financial outcomes, investment attraction and job creation are explored through a combined application of econometric forecasting models. The results support positive figures of both investment and job creation, and the findings of this study aim at informing and providing the governing bodies of Port Louis with a tangible solution for revamping the centuries-old capital city, as well as demonstrating to the world that smart cities can mean sensitive urban regeneration. Full article
A Cross-Reading Approach to Smart City: A European Perspective of Chinese Smart Cities►▼ Figures
Smart Cities 2018, 1(1), 26-52; https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities1010003 - 2 August 2018
The present study, after a literature review of the smart city definitions and ranking tools in Europe and in China, presents a cross-reading approach to the Chinese smart cities concept and implementation. It is indeed nowadays mandatory to re-convert cities in sustainable and[...] Read more.
The present study, after a literature review of the smart city definitions and ranking tools in Europe and in China, presents a cross-reading approach to the Chinese smart cities concept and implementation. It is indeed nowadays mandatory to re-convert cities in sustainable and smart ecosystems and this can be done with different approaches. In this frame, the role of ICT—the glue of the smart city concept—is central and pervasive. The Smart city model could be a way to reverse the actual trend of cities, re-defining an integrated approach between tangible and intangible infrastructures of cities. Future cities are influenced by two main different visions with different connotations that come along with the planning capacity and with the ability of countries to follow a coherent and sustainable development project. European approach for planning is quite consolidated and based on a long term holistic vision, while Chinese vision is catching up with the dramatic speed of urbanization, deploying critical infrastructures in most cases without a long-term view. On the other hand, Chinese projects are in some cases exemplary for Europe where many constraints and regulatory issues put a strong limitation on the many possible implementations. Full article
Redefining the Smart City: Culture, Metabolism and Governance►▼ Figures
Smart Cities 2018, 1(1), 4-25; https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities1010002 - 20 July 2018
The Smart City concept is still evolving and can be viewed as a branding exercise by big corporations, which is why the concept is not being used by the United Nations (U.N.). Smart Cities tend to represent the information, communication, and technological (ICT)[...] Read more.
The Smart City concept is still evolving and can be viewed as a branding exercise by big corporations, which is why the concept is not being used by the United Nations (U.N.). Smart Cities tend to represent the information, communication, and technological (ICT) industry alone without considering the values and cultural and historical profiles that some cities hold as legacies. However, the technology inherent in Smart Cities promises efficiencies and options that could allow cities to be more “inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable” as required by the U.N. agenda including cultural heritage. There is a notable lack of Smart City application to cultural and historical urban fabrics. Instead, the modernist new town approach has emerged under this new rubric leading to many problems such as urban decay and unsustainable car dependence. This study therefore presents a review of the literature on the nature, challenges, and opportunities of Smart Cities. A new Smart Cities framework is proposed based on the dimensions of culture, metabolism, and governance. These findings seek to inform policy makers of an alternative viewpoint on the Smart City paradigm, which focuses on urban outcomes rather than technology in isolation. Full article
Introducing Smart Cities: A Transdisciplinary Journal on the Science and Technology of Smart Cities
Smart Cities 2018, 1(1), 1-3; https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities1010001 - 17 July 2018
31 May 2018
2017 CiteScore™ Metrics Released
2017 CiteScore™ Metrics Released
30 April 2018
Winners of the First MDPI Writing Prize
Winners of the First MDPI Writing Prize
Special Issue in Smart CitiesIntelligent Transportation Systems: Technologies, Models and Applications Guest Editors: Miadreza Shafie-khah, João P. S. Catalão, Juan Corchado Rodríguez
Deadline: 30 November 2018
Special Issue in Smart CitiesSmart Cities and Internet of Things (IoT) Guest Editor: Jorge Rocha
Deadline: 31 December 2018