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IGLUS Quarterly

7.05.2019

IGLUS Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 4 – Complexities of Megacity. The Case of Seoul

The twenty-first century will be the century of the Megacities. More than half of the world’s population now live in urbanized areas and this number […] read more

Urban

IGLUS Quarterly

29.01.2019

IGLUS Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 3 – Digitalisation Technologies. Urban Mobility Services

Digital technologies now affect almost every aspect of life. This alteration is already ingrained in mobility services in the form of information and communication technologies […] read more

Urban

IGLUS Quarterly

29.01.2019

IGLUS Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 2 – A developing city’s path. Kampala Special Edition

Although Sub-Saharan Africa remains one of the least urbanised regions in the globe, it has some of the highest urbanisation rates, coupled with all the […] read more

Urban

IGLUS Quarterly

29.01.2019

IGLUS Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 1 – Critical and practical views of the Smart City Concept

Together with the unprecedented rate of urbanisation, new practices and trends have sought to manage the complex challenges of urban systems. A prominent example is […] read more

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Transport News

10.11.2017

Regulating smart cities: infrastructure, sharing and financing

FSR Transport Adviser, Prof Juan Montero, is teaching this week at the Intensive Training “Regulating smart cities: infrastructure, sharing and financing”, organised by the Communications […] read more

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Local Governance

IGLUS Quarterly

20.09.2017

IGLUS Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 2 – Local Governance: Successes and Opportunities

For decades now, globalization and rapid urbanization have been at the forefront of city building processes culminating in increasingly complex urban environments that defy pre-existent […] read more

Urban

Sustainability in the Urban Context

IGLUS Quarterly

31.07.2017

IGLUS Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 1 – Sustainability in the Urban Context: A multi-disciplinary concept

The IGLUS platform promotes innovative governance practices that can contribute to improve the efficiency, resilience and sustainability in cities. The definition and quantification of each of […] read more

Urban

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Transport News

17.02.2017

Management of Smart Cities Online Course: register now!

Learn about the principles of management of urban infrastructures in the era of Smart Cities thanks to the first “smart cities online course” offered on […] read more

Urban

Urban traffic congestion

IGLUS Quarterly

31.12.2016

IGLUS Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 3 – Urban traffic congestion: Alternatives to the private motor vehicle from around the world

Around the world, as urban populations are growing, so too are rates of private car ownership, which in turn leads to complex challenges in the urban […] read more

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IGLUS Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 1 – Critical and practical views of the Smart City Concept

- Urban

Together with the unprecedented rate of urbanisation, new practices and trends have sought to manage the complex challenges of urban systems. A prominent example is the ‘smart city’ concept, which is present and widely discussed in literature and international policies. Although there is a lack of definitional accuracy, interpretation, and application, in addition to its underlying self-promotional inclinations; in recent decades the smart city concept has been one of the most influential trends and has tried to shape projects and cities relative to their efficiency and sustainability.


Worldwide, the implementation of the smart city concept seems to have a fragmented record, using atomistic approaches. Nonetheless, some cities have managed to successfully operate in a smarter way to solve some of the urban challenges of the 21st century. In this issue of IGLUS Quarterly, we take a more critical view of smart cities by exploring the multi-scale applications of the concept in different contexts around the world through six articles that together, highlight potential successes and misconceptions of the smart city approach.