Existing definitions and model are mainly technologically based, and therefore miss the opportunity to examine and improve existing management and models and ever-changing urban models and situations.
Therefore, we have coined a new definition, including all urban partners, based on needs, challenges and opportunities:
A Smart City is a city in which leaders and citizens use data, information and knowledge as a tool to ensure a resilient & sustainable future, by utilizing inclusive data-led management, regulations & planning, efficient & shared community-based services and localized innovation & economic development.
This new definition aims at challenging the existing urban paradigms utilizing existing methods and knowhow which are not sufficient to improve the state of the built environment. Rather, we propose a “smart” that utilizes innovation-based, data-led solutions & processes created by and with local communities to enable sustainable local growth and well-being.
This also corresponds to the three values and commitments stated within the New Urban Agenda adopted at Habitat III, 2016: inclusion, innovation, and integration, thus calling for new smart tools and methods to achieve these wide commitments: The definition, vision & process are designed to make the built environment smarter, based on creating data and knowledge and new processes within three core pillars:
A. Data-Led Regulations, Governance & Public Engagement
a systematic process for creating responsive planning, policy, governance and regional collaboration based on data & public engagement;
B. Shared Planning & Management of Urban Services & Infrastructure:
access and management to resources, infrastructure and basic services based on demand and inclusive management within the community and urban fabric;
C. Localized Challenge-Based Innovation and Economic Development:
enabling new solutions and economic ecosystems to address local urban challenges while creating local economic opportunities.