Planning for innovation

TRACK 5: Smart futures and sustainability

congress team:  Dorota Kamrowska-Zaluska, Poland & Awais Piracha, Australia

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      TOPICS

Smart cities, automatisation, financing and technological advances.

Shared and inclusive innovative economies and digital transformation.

Citizen-focused smart services.

Disruptive and sharing technologies and their impact.

Strategic and real-time data-based policy and data management.

New mobility and its influence on urban form.


Smart cities are appearing everywhere and are sometimes little more than marketing devices for new towns. Yet there is no doubt that all cities are moving towards automatisation and data-driven provision of services. In addition, it is thought that smart technologies will drive cities' economic capacity and global position in future. Within this frenzy of change, we need a pause to explore critical theories and successful case studies on smart cities, smart regions and smart communities. We need to understand how virtual worlds (and our data alter egos) will interact and shape the real one; and how disruptive technologies (block-chain, crypto-money, robotisation of production, drones, hyperloop, autonomous mobility...) will change the management and planning of cities and urban life. How will it change the urban form and public space? What will be the habits and behaviours of urban citizens?

What kind of policy is needed so that smart technologies answer citizens' needs and promote equitable solutions? How to encourage co-creation in the post-digital era? How to protect people from disruptive virtual worlds?