Special Issue "Revisiting the Smart City Concept"
A special issue of Smart Cities (ISSN 2624-6511).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2020.
Interests: political economy; smart cities; sustainability; urban regeneration; urban governance and policies; social inclusivity
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Interests: landscape architecture; culture; indigenous knowledge systems; heritage; design innovation; urban planning; resilience; climate change; smart cities
Historically, as the concept of Smart Cities unfolded and gained traction globally, ICT corporations pushed for the adoption of off-the-shelf solutions. While this was initially seen as innovative, off-the-shelf solutions are no longer accepted as they often overlook the basic tenets of the Smart Cities concept. In reality, most off-the-shelf solutions fail to acknowledge issues like the decision-making processes of different cities, their regulatory landscapes and the basic problems and challenges that need to be solved across jurisdictions and communities. As a result, ICT corporations are accused of shifting attention from the big and important questions of the Smart Cities concept and its implementation to minute issues with little impact on cities but the ability to increase profit margins.
Today, the disconnect and lack of communication concerning the solutions is apparent in and between cities. This prompts a number of questions as to the effectiveness of these solutions for the larger global goals of the smart city concept. This debate is particularly important at a time when the world is saturated with (new and evolving) technologies that could be exploited to bring about solutions that cross-cut and those with the potential to be customized for different cities. Therefore, going forward, it is paramount that we take a few steps back and think in retrospect about the larger goals of Smart Cities. We must attempt to study conceptual dimensions that can better guide the rush towards specialized solutions. Global challenges like the increasing incidences of climate change and the increasing demands prompted by the rapid rate of urbanization, unprecedented population increases, limited land use, floating cities, and how they affect the global landscape need to be given maximum attention. The retrospection should be guided by the practical social as well as economic implications of implementing this concept, particularly because transition to a digital economy has been observed to be capital intensive, particularly in the global south and in developing economies where unsustainable debt cycles are explored as financing means. Hence, the obtained solutions are often disproportionate to the risks. A critical look at those issues at a conceptual and larger level would, to a great extent, ensure that the rush towards specialized solutions is justified and caters first and foremost to the welfare of the cities and its citizens (and the hidden animal life within).
As such, we welcome submissions that revisit, critique, challenge, and contribute to the Smart Cities concept, with the aim of highlighting new and different viewpoints that re-align efforts by ICT corporations to deliver better and more cohesive and inclusive Smart City solutions.
Dr. Zaheer Allam
Prof. Dr. David S. Jones
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Smart Cities is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Smart Cities
- urban growth
- big data
- Artificial Intelligence
- urban policy
- sustainability and resilience
- urban health
- coastal and land use policies