Digital and Smart Cities presents an overview of how technologies shape
our cities. There is a growing awareness in the fields of design and
architecture of the need to address the way that technology affects the
urban condition. This book aims to give an informative and definitive
overview of the topic of digital and smart cities.
the topic from a range of different perspectives, both theoretical and
historical, and through a range of case studies of digital cities around
the world. The approach taken by the authors is to view the city as a
socially constructed set of activities, practices and organisations.
This enables the discussion to open up a more holistic and citizen-
centred understanding of how technology shapes urban change through the
way it is imagined, used, implemented and developed in a societal
By drawing together a range of currently quite
disparate discussions, the aim is to enable the reader to take their own
critical position within the topic. The book starts out with
definitions and sets out the various interpretations and aspects of what
constitutes and defines digital cities. The text then investigates and
considers the range of factors that shape the characteristics of digital
cities and draws together different disciplinary perspectives into a
The consideration of the different
dimensions of the digital city is backed up with a series of relevant
case studies of global city contexts in order to frame the discussion
with real world examples.