A smart city isn’t necessarily a good city

Technology can transform cities when policymakers and urban designers keep in mind the impacts on end-users

We need to remember that what politicians or industry players might call smart cities does not necessarily produce good cities.

By ANDRES SEVTSUK The author is an assistant professor of planning and director of City Form Lab at Harvard University. The views do not necessarily reflect those of China Daily.
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There is a lot of debate about particular qualities that distinguish smart urban environments from dumb ones. A number of planning scholars have critiqued the piecemeal and profit-oriented focus of smart-city projects, which tend to overpromise...

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