Introduction: The Rise of Sustainability, ICT, and Urbanization and the Materialization of Smart Sustainable Cities

  • Simon Elias BibriEmail author
Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)


Opening the book as a scene-setting chapter, this chapter provides a detailed introduction: background, literature review, aim and objectives, and motivations, as well as the structure of the book and its contents. This thorough introductory chapter, as a by-product of its intent, consists in a comprehensive overview of the blossoming interdisciplinary field of smart sustainable cities in terms of its underlying theoretical and discursive foundations and assumptions, state-of-the-art research, up-to-date developments, research opportunities and horizons, emerging scientific trends, major global shifts, and future planning and development practices. The relevant topics, questions, and knowledge gaps pointing to a need for meaningful and deliberate investigation are introduced in this chapter, and will be developed further, analyzed, evaluated, and discussed in the subsequent chapters as part of the systematic exploration of the subject of smart sustainable cities of the future.


Smart cities Sustainable cities Smart sustainable cities Urbanization Sustainability Sustainable development Big data analytics Context-aware computing ICT Computing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer and Information Science, Department of Urban Design and PlanningNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway

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