July 18, 2019

Smart Planning Our Future Cities: Supporting Healthy, Equitable and Sustainable Communities in the Digital Age

Amanda Smith, Geneva Starr

As defined by the LSNetwork, the term smart city is generally used to refer to improving overall quality of life for people at home, work and play through the use of data and digital technology integrated throughout the built environment. The technology, far from only being an end, is used to provide opportunities for economic development and to enhance urban services, resource conservation, and cost effectiveness. Key focus areas include but are not limited to: fostering innovation in industries and neighbourhood communities; creating and attracting talent; advancing urban infrastructure, transportation and utility performance; and improving community services (LightSavers, 2017).


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