Special Issue "Defining and Debating on Smart Cities or Smart Buildings"

A special issue of Smart Cities (ISSN 2624-6511). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart Buildings".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Bin Jiang
Guest Editor
Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Division of GIScience, University of Gävle, SE-801 76 Gävle, Sweden
Interests: geospatial analysis and modeling; structure and dynamics of urban systems; geoinformatics and computational geography
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Prof. Dr. Pierluigi Siano
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Guest Editor
Scientific Director of the Smart Grids and Smart Cities Laboratory (SMARTLab), Department of Management & Innovation Systems, University of Salerno, 84084 Fisciano SA, Italy
Interests: smart grids; energy management; power systems; demand response
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

What is a smart city or smart building? It is a commonly asked yet unanswered question both in daily life and in the scientific literature. A smart city or building according to one person would not be considered smart by another. This situation applies not only to smart or smartness, but also to a variety of other commonly used terms such as sustainable or sustainability, resilient or resilience, beautiful or beauty, and even good or goodness. We call for papers that define and debate smart cities or smart buildings, incorporating the following two distinct views. The first view considers that modernist cities or tall buildings equipped with internet and smart devices (e.g., tracking or surveillance) are smart (Talari et al, 2017). They are commonly considered to be smart, sustainable, or even green. The second view focuses on structural aspects, which are capable of sustaining and nurturing people in the presence of the cities and buildings (e.g., Alexander 2004, Jiang 2019). For example, all traditional cities and buildings are able to trigger good feelings such as pride, belonging, healing, and well-being. Out of these two distinct views, there may be a third view that compromises on these two. We solicit papers that define and debate smart cities or smart buildings from all perspectives All authors are invited to review other accepted articles, so the Special Issue will be considered as a coherent whole rather than independent pieces.

Prof. Dr. Bin Jiang
Prof. Dr. Pierluigi Siano
Guest Editors


  1. Alexander C. (2004), Sustainability and Morphogenesis: The birth of a living world, Schumacher Lecture, Bristal, October 30, 2004, https://www.livingneighborhoods.org/library/schumacher-pages-1-28.pdf
  2. Jiang B. (2019), A recursive definition of goodness of space for bridging the concepts of space and place for sustainability, Sustainability, 11(15), 4091; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11154091
  3. Talari S., Shafie-khah M., Siano P., Loia V., Tommasetti A., and Catalão J. P. S. (2017), A review of smart cities based on the internet of things concept, Energies, 10, 421–443.

Manuscript Submission Information

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