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dc.contributor.authorMoser, Corinne-
dc.contributor.authorWendel, Thomas-
dc.contributor.authorCarabias-Hütter, Vicente-
dc.description.abstractCities are key agents in the transformation of energy systems, since the majority of the world population lives in cities and most energy is consumed in urban areas. In recent times, the concept of smart cities has raised the attention of both scientists and practitioners in different fields. Smart cities are envisioned to link different fields of action such as mobility; energy production, distribution, and consumption; buildings; governance and stakeholder processes; and urban planning. Information and communication technologies are seen as key to these interconnections. The overall goal of a smart city is to save energy and simultaneously to increase the quality of life for inhabitants. Although a broad variety of descriptions of smart cities have been developed, the concept itself appears to be rather fuzzy and hard to grasp. A clear-cut, common definition of smart cities is still lacking. The goal of this paper is to better understand what a smart city constitutes and what it means from the perspective of science, as well as from a practical point of view. In a thorough literature analysis, we identify different i) definitions, ii) approaches, iii) fields of actions and iv) technologies associated with smart cities. Our analysis is based on interdisciplinary scientific literature, as well as on practical documents (e.g. websites of pilot projects). In a subsequent step, we compare the different understandings of smart cities. In so doing, we focus on similarities and differences between scientific and practical approaches. In a final step, we identify opportunities and challenges arising from the identified similarities and differences. Recognising these challenges and potentials is of particular interest for so-called transdisciplinary research in urban development, where scientists and practitioners work closely together. Differences between science and practice might on the one hand inform research on smart cities concerning practical implications and experiences. On the other hand, they can also inform practitioners about scientific innovation in urban development (e.g. cloud computing assessing sensor data in real time).de_CH
dc.rightsLicence according to publishing contractde_CH
dc.subjectEnergy systemsde_CH
dc.subjectSmart Cityde_CH
dc.subject.ddc307: Gemeinschaftende_CH
dc.subject.ddc711: Raumplanung (Städtebau)de_CH
dc.titleScientific and practical understandings of smart citiesde_CH
dc.typeKonferenz: Paperde_CH
zhaw.departementSchool of Engineeringde_CH
zhaw.organisationalunitInstitut für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (INE)de_CH
zhaw.conference.details19th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Informations Society (REAL CORP 2014) Vienna, Austria, 21-23 May 2014de_CH
zhaw.parentwork.editorSchrenk, Manfred-
zhaw.parentwork.editorPopovich, Vasily V.-
zhaw.parentwork.editorZeile, Peter-
zhaw.parentwork.editorElisei, Pietro-
zhaw.publication.reviewPeer review (Publikation)de_CH
zhaw.title.proceedingsPlan it Smart! Clever Solutions for Smart Cities. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2014, 19th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. Vienna, 2014de_CH
zhaw.funding.zhawSmart Citiesde_CH
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