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Smart-sustainability: a new urban fix?
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2019 (English)In: Sustainable cities and society, ISSN 2210-6707, Vol. 45, p. 640-648Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Urban policy increasingly positions smart urban development as a transformative approach to deliver sustain- ability. In this paper, we question the transformative credentials of smartness and argue that it is better un- derstood as a partial fix for the economic, environmental and social challenges faced by cities. Drawing on the urban sustainability and smart city literatures, we develop the concept of the urban smart-sustainability fix. This concept focuses on how smart-sustainable city initiatives selectively integrate digital and environmental agendas via entrepreneurial forms of urban governance. We develop this concept by examining how the urban smart- sustainability fix is constructed in the European Commission’s flagship smart cities and communities lighthouse projects, focusing on the Triangulum initiative. Our research reveals three elements of the urban smart-sus- tainability fix: (1) the spatial development of smart-sustainable districts; (2) the digitisation of urban infra- structure to reveal hidden processes; and, (3) collaborative experimentation with low-carbon and digital tech- nologies. We argue that this has produced urban districts that are attempting to reduce their carbon emissions while promoting green economic growth. The main aim of the urban smart-sustainability fix is to make the urban realm more manageable resulting in amplification, rather than transformation, of the dominant ecological modernisation agenda of sustainable development.

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Elsevier, 2019. Vol. 45, p. 640-648
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Smart city, Urban sustainability, Smart-sustainability fix, Ecological modernisation agenda
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-240829DOI: 10.1016/j.scs.2018.11.028ISI: 000455274500055Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85059301989OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-240829DiVA, id: diva2:1274941
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