The 'actually existing smart city'

Taylor Shelton, Matthew Zook, Alan Wiig

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Abstract

This paper grounds the critique of the 'smart city' in its historical and geographical context. Adapting Brenner and Theodore's notion of 'actually existing neoliberalism', we suggest a greater attention be paid to the 'actually existing smart city', rather than the exceptional or paradigmatic smart cities of Songdo, Masdar and Living PlanIT Valley. Through a closer analysis of cases in Louisville and Philadelphia, we demonstrate the utility of understanding the material effects of these policies in actual cities around the world, with a particular focus on how and from where these policies have arisen, and how they have unevenly impacted the places that have adopted them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-25
Number of pages13
JournalCambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015

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Keywords

  • data
  • economic development
  • governance
  • smart cities
  • urban studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

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