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The Age of Intelligent Cities

The Age of Intelligent Cities - Komninos

Published on August 12th 2014, “The Age of Intelligent Cities: Smart Environments and Innovation-for-All Strategies’ by Nicos Komninos concludes a trilogy that began with Intelligent Cities: Innovation, Knowledge Systems and digital spaces (Routledge 2002) and Intelligent Cities and Globalisation of Innovation Networks (Routledge 2008).

Together these books examine intelligent cities as environments of innovation and collaborative problem-solving. In this third book, the focus is on planning, strategy and governance of intelligent cities.

Divided into three parts, each section elaborates upon complementary aspects of intelligent city strategy and planning. Part I is about the drivers and architectures of the spatial intelligence of cities, while Part II turns to planning processes and discusses top-down and bottom-up planning for intelligent cities. Cities such as Amsterdam, Manchester, Stockholm and Helsinki are examples of cities that have used bottom-up planning through the gradual implementation of successive initiatives for regeneration. On the other hand, Living PlanIT, Neapolis in Cyprus, and Saudi Arabia intelligent cities have started with the top-down approach, setting up urban operating systems and common central platforms. Part III focuses on intelligent city strategies; how cities should manage the drivers of spatial intelligence, create smart environments, regenerate their districts and clusters, mobilise communities, and offer new solutions to address city problems.

Main findings of the book are related to a series of models which capture fundamental aspects of intelligent cities making and operation. These models consider structure, function, planning, strategies toward intelligent environments and a model of governance based on mobilisation of communities, knowledge architectures, and innovation cycles.

Table of contents

Part One: What makes cities intelligent. Drivers of spatial intelligence of cities

  • 1. Intelligent cities – smart cities: the landscape
  • 2. Intelligent city strategies: Innovation through multi-layer knowledge functions
  • 3. Smart cities, smart environments and big data: innovation ecosystems of embedded spatial intelligence
  • 4. Alternative architectures of spatial intelligence: pathways to innovation

Part Two: Planning for intelligent cities. Connecting bottom-up and top down perspectives

  • 5. Intelligent cities and the bottom-up regeneration of metropolitan area
  • 6. Top-down planning for new intelligent cities and city-districts
  • 7. Strategic planning for intelligent cities: a roadmap across spaces and stages

Part Three: Strategies and governance. Innovation-for-all into smart environments

  • 8. Toward intelligent clusters and city-districts: platforms for self-organising growth
  • 9. Innovation-for-all companies into smart environments: building own innovation ecosystems
  • 10. Smart city infrastructure: Applications and solutions each city should have
  • 11. Governance of intelligent city ecosystems: communities, knowledge architectures, and innovation cycles

Source: Routledge, Series: Cities and Regions