272 pages | 14 B/W Illus.
Internet and world-wide-web platforms, big data analytics, software, social media and civic technologies allow for the creation of smart ecosystems in which connected intelligence emerges and disruptive social and eco-innovation flourishes.
This book focuses on three grand challenges that matter for any territory, no matter where it is located: (i) smart growth, a path that more and more cities, regions and countries are adopting having realised the unlimited potential of growth that is based on knowledge, innovation and digital technologies; (ii) safety and security, which is a pre-requisite for quality of life in a world of intense social, natural and technological threats; and (iii) sustainability, use of renewable energy, protection of living ecosystems, addressing climate change and global warming in a period of rapid urbanisation that makes established sustainability models and planning patterns quickly obsolete.
The core argument of the book is that problem-solving and novel solutions to these grand challenges emerge in smart ecosystems that physically and digitally connect unrelated areas of knowledge, methods from different disciplines of science and technology and infrastructures and resources distributed over a large number of individuals, organisations, and places. This book will be of interest to students and researchers of urban and regional studies, innovation studies, economic geography, urban planning, as well as urban policymakers.
1. Introduction Part I: Platforms, Smart Ecosystems and Connected Intelligence 2. Connected Intelligence and Great Challenges of the 21st Century 3. Smart Cities Are Cyber-Physical Systems of Innovation 4. Effectiveness of Smart City Solutions 5. Smart Ecosystems and Layers of Connected Intelligence Part II: Smart Growth: Externality Platforms and Disruptive Innovation 6. Smart Growth: Connecting Innovation and Digital Worlds 7. Externality Platforms, Disruptive Innovation and Smart Growth Part III: Safety and Security: Engagement Platforms and Social Innovation 8. Social Innovation in Smart Cities and Ecosystems 9. Cyber-Physical Spaces for Engagement, Social Innovation and Safe Cities Part IV: Sustainability: Awareness Platforms and Eco-Innovation 10. Environmental Sustainability Under the ‘Smart Everything’ Paradigm 11. Conclusion
In today’s globalised, knowledge-driven and networked world, regions and cities have assumed heightened significance as the interconnected nodes of economic, social and cultural production, and as sites of new modes of economic governance and policy experimentation. This book series brings together incisive and critically engaged international and interdisciplinary research on this resurgence of regions and cities, and should be of interest to geographers, economists, sociologists, political scientists and cultural scholars, as well as to policy-makers involved in regional and urban development.
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