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Robin Hambleton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447304975

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304975.001.0001

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From smart cities to wise cities

From smart cities to wise cities

(p.282) (p.283) Chapter 11 From smart cities to wise cities
Leading the inclusive city

Robin Hambleton

Policy Press

This chapter offers a critique of dominant patterns of thinking in the current debate about ‘smart cities’ and offers a new way forward. The chapter unpacks the meaning of ‘smart cities’ and distinguishes three overlapping narratives: digital cities, green cities and learning cities. Danger zones arising from the pursuit of digital approaches to smart cities are identified, and it is noted that efforts to advance the cause of e-democracy are thin on the ground. A discussion of the changing nature of modern scholarship sets the scene for a discussion of the potential roles of universities as place-based leaders. Two Innovation Stories illuminate the argument. Portland State University has an advanced approach to engagement with the City of Portland and the surrounding area. CEPT University, Ahmedabad contributes knowledge and expertise relating to urban planning and policy making to those involved in the governance of the Ahmedabad metropolitan area. The chapter suggests that a focus on smart cities should be replaced by a commitment to creating wise cities.

Keywords:   Ahmedabad, CEPT University, digital cities, e-democracy, Portland State University, scholarship, smart cities, wise cities

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