plaNext–Next Generation Planning, Social Smart Cities, Volume 4, July 2017

Volume 4,  ISSN 2468-0648, DOI 10.24306/plnxt.2017.04


Lorena Melgaço and Katharine S. Willis

Editorial: Social Smart Cities: Reflecting on the Implications of ICTs in Urban Space

Much of our thinking around technology and the city is based around polarising paradigms. These tend to move between two different approaches; the technocratic and the social. On one hand the smart city agenda is underpinned by a vision of data-centred optimisation of urban systems, whilst on the other hand ...


Rafael Lemieszek Pinheiro

Intelligence is Open: Smart City versus Open City

In this paper we explore the impacts, current and potential, that new technologies have on city planning and management, comparing the different ways in which those impacts can be harnessed for either the public good, for private profit or for a mixture of both. We argue that smart technologies do ...


Marcela Moraes Batista and Tharsila Maynardes Dallabona Fariniuk

Mechanisms of the Smart City: A case study of Smart City Búzios, Brazil

The concept of the smart city is emerging as a topic of interest. Since the implementation of technology in urban space it is becoming the present reality in many cities globally. This study investigates how the smart city project, known as The Smart City Búzios, in Brazil affects everyday life ...


Alberto Lusoli and Stefania Sardo

Build it and They will Come: Analysis of an Online Deliberation Initiative

Public and private investments are increasingly being directed towards the development of ICTs for the construction of more inclusive and connected communities. Labelled as Collective Awareness Platforms (CAPs) under the European Seventh Framework Program, these initiatives explore the possibility of tackling societal issues relying on digitally-mediated citizen cooperation. As their ...


Sarah-Kristin Thiel

Let’s play Urban Planner: The use of Game Elements in Public Participation Platforms

Through the provision of digital tools, government institutions aim to counter the growing alienation of citizens towards institutional politics and overcome traditional barriers of participation. However, as yet this approach has not shown the desired effects of increasing public participation in political decision-processes. In an attempt to encourage more citizens ...


Claude Fortin

Delving Deeper: Considerations on Applying Empirical Research Methods to Infrastructural Urban Technology Projects

Urban technologies are increasingly designed to support ubiquitous computing, which now includes different forms of digitally-augmented interactions in public space. This shift is underpinned by the development and management of digital infrastructures in metropolitan cities – a paradigm often rhetorically dubbed ‘smart cities’. Because the cityscape is uneven and characterized ...