Smart Cities and Smart Citizens: Are They the Same?
Smart Cities is the current planning theory of the day. Despite the very fixed character of a city, its slow-to-change ‘personality’, and the revealed preferences of people which are resistant to change, there are trends in city planning. Yet, the promise of an interconnected city, with streams of useful data—numbers—on people’s activity to the benefit of the same citizens is promising. But we should be aware that though we have the quantitative numbers of things, we still often do have the qualitative characteristics of these same items to know what gives residents greater satisfaction. Quality of the cities we are building matters if we want citizens to use, enjoy and love the city they work in.
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