From Information-Communication City to Human-Focused City

  • Pierre LaconteEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Geographic Information Science book series (AGIS)


Smart cities are using information and communications technologies—ICTs—to connect urban activities hitherto unconnected. ICTs can help connect activities within buildings, neighbourhoods or cities and help linking such activities as land use, heritage conservation, energy savings, telecommunications, commerce/banking and mobility. This functional concept can serve multiple aims and objectives, among others the production of knowledge-based services making use of “big data” collecting. Cities can appeal to their citizens and visitors by their quality of life. Beyond the gross development product statistics, quality of life includes perceived quality of air, water and health. The continuity of their urban landscapes invites to leisure activities (“green and blue” trails). It offers diversity of visual experiences by users of the public spaces (“views from the street” rather than “views from the road”). It offers squares, trees and gardens, fountains and canopies, all designed for both walking and sitting users, clean air and an overall urban density propitious to informal contacts between persons and generations. It encourages non-motorised mobility, for the sake of health and fossil fuel energy saving. That enhances availability of urban services, safety and security for all citizens, and on the other hand, the quest for “human well-being”, a qualitative appeal to their citizens and users. This is perhaps a key to urban sustainability and adaptation to unavoidable economic, social and disruptive technical changes affecting cities.


Sustainability Functional Data Quality of life Urban services Human Emotional Platforms Circularity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Foundation for the Urban EnvironmentKortenbergBelgium

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