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Advances in the Leading Paradigms of Urbanism and their Amalgamation

Compact Cities, Eco–Cities, and Data–Driven Smart Cities


Part of the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation book series (ASTI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi

About this book


This book explores the recent advances in the leading paradigms of urbanism, namely compact cities, eco-cities, and data–driven smart cities, and the evolving approach to their amalgamation under the umbrella term of smart sustainable cities. It addresses these advances by investigating how and to what extent the strategies of compact cities and eco-cities and their merger have been enhanced and strengthened through new planning and development practices, and are being supported and leveraged by the applied solutions pertaining to data-driven smart cities. The ultimate goal is to advance sustainability and harness its synergistic effects on multiple scales. This entails developing and implementing more effective approaches to the balanced integration of the three dimensions of sustainability, as well as to producing combined effects of the strategies and solutions of the prevailing approaches to urbanism that are greater than the sum of their separate effects in terms of the tripartite value of sustainability.

Sustainable urban development is today seen as one of the keys towards unlocking the quest for a sustainable world. And the big data revolution is set to erupt in cities throughout the world, heralding an era where instrumentation, datafication, and computation are increasingly pervading the very fabric of cities and the spaces we live in thanks to the IoT. Big data and the IoT technologies are seen as powerful forces that have tremendous potential for advancing urban sustainability. Indeed, they are instigating a massive change in the way sustainable cities can tackle the kind of special conundrums, wicked problems, and significant challenges they inherently embody as complex systems. They offer a multitudinous array of innovative solutions and sophisticated approaches informed by groundbreaking research and data–driven science. As such, they are becoming essential to the functioning of sustainable cities. Besides, yet knowing to what extent we are making progress towards sustainable cities is problematic, adding to the fragmented, conflicting picture that arises of change on the ground in the face of the escalating rate and scale of urbanization and in the light of emerging ICT and its novel applications. In a nutshell, new circumstances require new responses. 

This timely and multifaceted book is intended for a wide readership. As such, it will appeal to researchers, academics, urban scientists, urbanists, planners, designers, policy-makers, and futurists, as well as all readers interested in sustainable cities and their ongoing and future data-driven transformation.


Smart urbanism Eco-cities Compact cities Urban intelligence The IoT and big data analytics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer Science, Department of Architecture and PlanningNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway

About the authors

Dr. Simon Elias Bibri is Assistant Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Computer Science and Department of Architecture and Planning, Trondheim, Norway. His intellectual pursuits and endeavors have resulted in an educational background encompassing knowledge from, and meta–knowledge about, different academic disciplines. He holds the following degrees:

1. Bachelor of Science in computer engineering with a major in software development and computer networks

2. Master of Science–research focused–in computer science with a major in Ambient Intelligence

3. Master of Science in computer science with a major in informatics

4. Master of Science in computer and systems sciences with a major in decision support and risk analysis

5. Master of Science in entrepreneurship and innovation with a major in new venture creation

6. Master of Science in strategic leadership toward sustainability

7. Master of Science in sustainable urban development

8. Master of Science in environmental science with a major in ecotechnology and sustainable development

9. Master of Social Science with a major in business administration (MBA)

10. Master of Arts in communication and media for social change

11. Master of Science with a major in economics and management

12.  Ph.D. in computer science and urban planning with a focus on data–driven smart sustainable cities of the future

Bibri has earned all his Master’s degrees from different Swedish universities, namely Lund University, West University, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Malmö University, Stockholm University, and Mid–Sweden University.

Before embarking on his long academic journey, Bibri had served as a sustainability and ICT strategist, business IT engineer, project manager, researcher, and consultant. Over the past years and in parallel with his academic studies, he has been involved in a number of research and consulting projects pertaining to smart sustainable cities, sustainable cities, green innovation, sustainable business model innovation, and green ICT strategies.

Bibri's current research interests include smart sustainable urbanism, sustainable urbanism, data–driven smart urbanism, scientific urbanism, urban science, and data–intensive science, as well as big data computing and its core enabling and driving technologies, namely sensor networks, data processing platforms, cloud and fog computing  infrastructures, and wireless communication networks.

Bibri has a genuine interest in the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. His general research interests fall within the following areas:

•    ICT of ubiquitous computing (i.e., Ambient Intelligence, the IoT, and Sentient Computing)

•    Big data science and analytics

•    Sustainable cities (e.g., compact city, eco–city,  green city, environmental city, symbiocity)

•    Smart cities (e.g., real–time city, data–driven city, ambient city, ubiquitous city, sentient city)

•    Sustainability transitions and socio–technical shifts

•    Philosophy of science and scientific and epistemological paradigm shifts

•    Science, technology, and society (STS)

•    Technological innovation systems

•    Industrial ecology (e.g., industrial symbiosis, eco–industrial parks, smart urban metabolism)

•    Environmental and technology policies

Bibri has authored five academic books whose titles are as follows:


1.      The Human Face of Ambient Intelligence: Cognitive, Emotional, Affective, Behavioral and Conversational Aspects, Springer, 07/2015

2.      The Shaping of Ambient Intelligence and the Internet of Things: Historico–epistemic, Socio–cultural, Politico–institutional and Eco–environmental Dimensions, 11/2015

3.      Smart Sustainable Cities of the Future: The Untapped Potential of Big Data Analytics and Context–Aware Computing for Advancing Sustainability, Springer, 03/2018

4.      Big Data Science and Analytics for Smart Sustainable Urbanism: Unprecedented Paradigmatic Shifts and Practical Advancements, Springer, 05/2019

5.      Advances in the Leading Paradigms of Urbanism and their Amalgamation: Compact Cities, Eco–cities, and Data–Driven Smart Cities, Springer, 06/2020


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