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Strategizing Smart, Sustainable, and Knowledge-Based Development of Cities: Insights from Florianópolis, Brazil

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Department of Engineering and Knowledge Management, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Campus Universitario, Trindade, Florianópolis, SC 88040-900, Brazil
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School of Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia
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Institute of Advanced Studies, University of São Paulo, R. do Anfiteatro, 513, Butantã, São Paulo, SP 05508-060, Brazil
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Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Turku, 20014 Turku, Finland
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Sustainability 2020, 12(21), 8859; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218859
Received: 6 October 2020 / Revised: 20 October 2020 / Accepted: 24 October 2020 / Published: 25 October 2020
Unarguably, smart, sustainable, and knowledge-based development is critical for securing a livable future for our rapidly urbanizing world. The aim of this study is to generate insights into determining effective and efficient strategies to increase sustainability and innovation capabilities of cities to achieve long-term desired urban outcomes. This paper places the city of Florianópolis (Brazil) under the smart, sustainable, and knowledge-based urban development microscope. The methodological approach of the study involves a qualitative analysis through surveys (100 submitted forms, 55 responses received) and interviews (12) with key experts and stakeholders from Florianópolis. The findings of the study reveal that Florianópolis’ innovation ecosystem has high potential to thrive, but the city still has structural issues to deal with first, related to the gap between the potential to grow, and acknowledgement from key actors of the city to support the overall territory development considering the complex dimensions. This issue suggests amplifying the ecosystem’s vision, including different sectors and, especially, addressing innovation for the common good. The insights generated from the investigation of Florianópolis’ case are also invaluable to other cities’ planning for strategizing their transformation, and seeking smart, sustainable, and knowledge-based development pathways. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart city; smart urbanism; smart and sustainable urban development; sustainable development; knowledge-based urban development; urban governance; urban transformation; innovation; Florianópolis; Brazil smart city; smart urbanism; smart and sustainable urban development; sustainable development; knowledge-based urban development; urban governance; urban transformation; innovation; Florianópolis; Brazil
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Sabatini-Marques, J.; Yigitcanlar, T.; Schreiner, T.; Wittmann, T.; Sotto, D.; Inkinen, T. Strategizing Smart, Sustainable, and Knowledge-Based Development of Cities: Insights from Florianópolis, Brazil. Sustainability 2020, 12, 8859. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218859

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Sabatini-Marques J, Yigitcanlar T, Schreiner T, Wittmann T, Sotto D, Inkinen T. Strategizing Smart, Sustainable, and Knowledge-Based Development of Cities: Insights from Florianópolis, Brazil. Sustainability. 2020; 12(21):8859. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218859

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Sabatini-Marques, Jamile, Tan Yigitcanlar, Tatiana Schreiner, Tatiana Wittmann, Debora Sotto, and Tommi Inkinen. 2020. "Strategizing Smart, Sustainable, and Knowledge-Based Development of Cities: Insights from Florianópolis, Brazil" Sustainability 12, no. 21: 8859. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218859

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