New Smart City Paradigms Call for Rethinking Public Space
A lot of debate around smart cities is centered on how to digitize infrastructure through a range of connectivity and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. However, very little attention has been given to the urgent issue of redefining public space to cope with new tech-driven paradigms—such as the sharing economy, automation, and, more generally, the new smart urban economy.
In particular, smart driverless mobility not only will require redefining how roads are designed but also will result in the end of the dominance of cars in city centers. This should free up road and parking space for pedestrian traffic, two-wheeled vehicles, and green and social spaces. Similarly, distributed renewable energy generation facilities will be intertwined with and/or embedded in roads, sidewalks, homes, and buildings. Centralized “brick-and-mortar” locations for supplying healthcare, ed...
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