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THE CONCEPT OF SMART CITY IN THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT

Dorota Sikora-Fernandez () and Danuta Stawasz
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Dorota Sikora-Fernandez: Department of City and Regional Management, University of Lodz, Poland
Danuta Stawasz: Department of City and Regional Management,University of Lodz, Poland

Romanian Journal of Regional Science, 2016, vol. 10, issue 1, 86-99

Abstract: When discussing the issue of development of urban areas, it is not uncommon to highlight a new stage of urbanisation – stage of smart city creation. Increasingly more cities are nowadays labelled as “intelligent” or “smart”, even though there is no clear-cut definition which would specify the criteria that cities ought to meet to be considered as such. The existing sets of criteria are relatively ambiguous, they have different priorities depending on the region etc. It is thus extremely important and useful to determine whether or not cities may be considered as smart cities, to what degree and on what grounds. The article’s objectives are: firstly, to identify the degree to which the smart city concept is used for managing cities in general and, secondly, to initially assess whether application of the smart city concept makes it possible to reduce the costs of city functioning.

Keywords: smart city; ICT; local management; technology; intelligent city (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O18 O31 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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