Summary of the article titled Introduction: Innovation and identity in next-generation smart cities from 2018 by Hoon Han and Scott Hawken, published in City, Culture and Society journal.
Since we are investigating the future of cities, I thought it would be interesting to see why it is important to critically consider urban identity and culture as central to the smart city. This article challenges smart city concepts from the urban identity, quality and value at a range of scales and geographic contexts point of view.
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Abstract: Cultural nuance, human behaviour and social identity require greater attention within the emerging smart city phenomenon. This special issue critically considers identity and urban culture as central to the smart city challenge. Current discourse on smart cities is obsessed with technological capability and development. Global rankings reduce cities to a one-dimensional business model and series of metrics. If the term ‘smart city’ is to have any enduring value, technology must be used to develop a city's unique cultural identity and quality of life for the future. The editorial reviews emerging research on the cultural dimensions of urban innovation and smart cities and places the six special issue papers within a theoretical context. Each paper critiques smart city theories in relation to the practical challenge of enhancing urban identity, quality and value at a range of scales and geographic contexts. Three main themes are used to frame the debate on smart cities and urban innovation: 1) local development histories, 2) face-to-face relationships and 3) local community scales. Each of these themes is lacking in current smart city approaches and requires innovative approaches to integrate into the smart city of tomorrow.
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