Potential and shortcomings of two design-based strategies for the engagement of city stakeholders with open data

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Shaping Smart for Better Cities powerfully demonstrates the range of theoretical and practical challenges, opportunities and success factors involved in successfully deploying digital technologies in cities, focusing on the importance of recognizing local context and multi-layered urban relationships in designing successful urban interventions. The first section, ‘Rethinking Smart (in) Places’ interrogates the smart city from a theoretical vantage point. The second part, ‘Shaping Smart Places’ examines various case studies critically. Hence the volume offers an intellectual resource that expands on the current literature, but also provides a pedagogical resource to universities as well as a reflective opportunity for practitioners. The cases allow for an examination of the practical implications of smart interventions in space, whilst the theoretical reflections enable expansion of the literature. Students are encouraged to learn from case studies and apply that learning in design. Academics will gain from the learning embedded in the documentation of the case studies in different geographic contexts, while practitioners can apply their learning to the conceptualisation of new forms of technology use.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationShaping Smart for Better Cities : Rethinking and Shaping Relationships between Urban Space and Digital Technologies
EditorsAlessandro Aurigi, Nancy Odendaal
Number of pages24
Publication date27 Nov 2020
ISBN (Print)9780128186367
ISBN (Electronic)9780128187449
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2020

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  • Data analysis and visualization
  • Design strategy
  • Hackathons
  • Open data
  • Stakeholder engagement


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