In the twenty-first century, a lot of New Towns projects have been announced, due to the increase of the world population and its relocation in urban centres. This phenomenon has made it possible to conceive new approaches to urban planning, many of them related to smarter and eco-sustainable strategies. Today, the list of brand new towns is wide. We can consider them as examples—more or less concrete—of the current state of the art on these issues. The paper wants to speculate on these questions by dealing in the first part with the phenomenon of New Towns, focusing above all on those that claim to be “Smart Cities”. In the second part, we will analyse in depth a case study that embraces both the concepts of New Towns and Smart Cities: Masdar City in the United Arab Emirates. As we argue at the end of the paper, the concrete development of Masdar City has not brought the expected results. Nevertheless, we can look to Masdar City as an interesting case study that adds an extra piece to the construction of the smart city of the future, an experiment that served to push the boundaries of research on these issues further.

Are the new towns really smart?

Giuseppe Marino
;
Lorenzo Massimiano
2021-01-01

Abstract

In the twenty-first century, a lot of New Towns projects have been announced, due to the increase of the world population and its relocation in urban centres. This phenomenon has made it possible to conceive new approaches to urban planning, many of them related to smarter and eco-sustainable strategies. Today, the list of brand new towns is wide. We can consider them as examples—more or less concrete—of the current state of the art on these issues. The paper wants to speculate on these questions by dealing in the first part with the phenomenon of New Towns, focusing above all on those that claim to be “Smart Cities”. In the second part, we will analyse in depth a case study that embraces both the concepts of New Towns and Smart Cities: Masdar City in the United Arab Emirates. As we argue at the end of the paper, the concrete development of Masdar City has not brought the expected results. Nevertheless, we can look to Masdar City as an interesting case study that adds an extra piece to the construction of the smart city of the future, an experiment that served to push the boundaries of research on these issues further.
File in questo prodotto:
File Dimensione Formato  
(2019 FSC & RRAU) Resilient and Responsible Smart Cities - Volume 1 MINI.pdf

Solo gestori archivio

Descrizione: Saggio in volume
Tipologia: Documento in Post-print
Dimensione 4.11 MB
Formato Adobe PDF
4.11 MB Adobe PDF   Visualizza/Apri   Richiedi una copia

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/11564/760229
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus ND
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? ND
social impact