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Urban Systems Design: A Conceptual Framework for Planning Smart Communities

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Center for Global Environmental Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8506, Japan
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College of Built Environments, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
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Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA
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Eco Urban Lab, College of Design, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332, USA
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Smart Cities 2019, 2(4), 522-537; https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities2040032
Received: 30 August 2019 / Revised: 22 October 2019 / Accepted: 23 October 2019 / Published: 19 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Big Data-Driven Intelligent Services in Smart Cities)
Urban systems design arises from disparate current planning approaches (urban design, Planning Support Systems, and community engagement), compounded by the reemergence of rational planning methods from new technology (Internet of Things (IoT), metric based analysis, and big data). The proposed methods join social considerations (Human Well-Being), environmental needs (Sustainability), climate change and disaster mitigation (Resilience), and prosperity (Economics) as the four foundational pillars. Urban systems design integrates planning methodologies to systematically tackle urban challenges, using IoT and rational methods, while human beings form the core of all analysis and objectives. Our approach utilizes an iterative three-phase development loop to contextualize, evaluate, plan and design scenarios for the specific needs of communities. An equal emphasis is placed on feedback loops through analysis and design, to achieve the end goal of building smart communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban design; Planning Support System; resilience; sustainability; economics; human factors; big data urban design; Planning Support System; resilience; sustainability; economics; human factors; big data
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Tobey, M.B.; Binder, R.B.; Chang, S.; Yoshida, T.; Yamagata, Y.; Yang, P.P.J. Urban Systems Design: A Conceptual Framework for Planning Smart Communities. Smart Cities 2019, 2, 522-537. https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities2040032

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Tobey MB, Binder RB, Chang S, Yoshida T, Yamagata Y, Yang PPJ. Urban Systems Design: A Conceptual Framework for Planning Smart Communities. Smart Cities. 2019; 2(4):522-537. https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities2040032

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Tobey, Michael B.; Binder, Robert B.; Chang, Soowon; Yoshida, Takahiro; Yamagata, Yoshiki; Yang, Perry P.J. 2019. "Urban Systems Design: A Conceptual Framework for Planning Smart Communities" Smart Cities 2, no. 4: 522-537. https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities2040032

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