WIT Press


How Can Cities Lead The Way Towards A Sustainable, Competitive And Smart Future?

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SC140902

Volume

191

Pages

12

Page Range

1063 - 1074

Published

2014

Size

938 kb

Author(s)

T. Monfaredzadeh, U. Berardi

Abstract

As dramatic social and technological changes are occurring, cities around the world are facing the challenge of reconciling immediate competitiveness and long-term sustainability. The Smart City concept has received increasing attention as a new paradigm for sustainable growth. However, smartness and sustainability may have only some common aspects. A Smart City does not necessarily have to be a city which develops in a sustainable way. In particular, there is a dichotomy within the concept of Smart City between the goals of competitiveness and sustainability. This paper compares sustainability indicators and smart/competitive indicators for cities to find out when they complement or contrast. The scope is to investigate the conditions in which the smartness of a city can guarantee its being sustainable, competitive, or simply smart.

Keywords

sustainability, Smart City, Competitive City, assessment, rating systems