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Smarter than smart: Rio de Janeiro's flawed emergence as a smart city


Gaffney, Christopher; Robertson, Cerianne (2018). Smarter than smart: Rio de Janeiro's flawed emergence as a smart city. Journal of Urban Technology, 25(3):47-64.

Abstract

“Smart cities” grew out of the realization that North American models of suburban development and central business district decline needed to be challenged with new paradigms. This movement began in the 1990s with ideas centered on smart growth and new urbanism. While initially restricted to small, wealthy cities, the ideas that emerged during this period combined with a vertiginous growth in information technologies to create software-driven urban managerial tools for major cities. The increasing “technologization” of urban systems that automatically replicate spatial dynamics has been on the agenda of urban scholars for some time. However, the relatively new paradigms of “whole system” implementation in large urban centers has not been the subject of robust critical engagement. The aim of this paper is to examine critically the implementation and functioning of two “smart cities” systems in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as part of the city’s broader preparations for hosting the 2014 FIFAWorld Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.

Abstract

“Smart cities” grew out of the realization that North American models of suburban development and central business district decline needed to be challenged with new paradigms. This movement began in the 1990s with ideas centered on smart growth and new urbanism. While initially restricted to small, wealthy cities, the ideas that emerged during this period combined with a vertiginous growth in information technologies to create software-driven urban managerial tools for major cities. The increasing “technologization” of urban systems that automatically replicate spatial dynamics has been on the agenda of urban scholars for some time. However, the relatively new paradigms of “whole system” implementation in large urban centers has not been the subject of robust critical engagement. The aim of this paper is to examine critically the implementation and functioning of two “smart cities” systems in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as part of the city’s broader preparations for hosting the 2014 FIFAWorld Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:13 Dec 2016 14:07
Last Modified:04 Aug 2018 01:00
Publisher:Routledge India
ISSN:1063-0732
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/10630732.2015.1102423

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