Addressing projects with ‘smart cities’, requires a precise understanding of what this means today in an imminent urban, digital context, in which cities face many challenges, among which the most relevant is climate change.
In this context, clearly what it means to talk about ‘smart cities’, it becomes more difficult not to fall into some fallacies or concepts because even though the concept of ‘city-city’ has evolved, it has given a new meaning, it persists in some political, academic, business spheres, etc.- The belief of this is only related to the incorporation of technologies in urban environments. Hence the concept still has some grammarians.
What is the concept of Smart City development?
More than thirty years have passed since the appearance of this concept. In the 1990s, large companies and technology companies introduced digital solutions and tools, hitherto unknown, which put the attention and focus on the main technological innovation. He outlined the concept of Smart Cities.
Around the 2000s, the human scale of cities came into play. Thus the concept was shaped in what some called “Human Smart Cities”, under the understanding of putting technology at the service of people to provide greater comfort. Agility in processes and saving time, access to information, and transparency, among other benefits.
As of 2015, with the establishment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) globally, a new concept is being redefined: “sustainable smart cities”, where technology is conceived as a tool and partner to organize cities. A more sustainable environment that is, technology is no longer at the service of people only but also of nature to create a balance in the ecosystem, importing a migration from ego-purpose to eco-design.
Thus we observe how “pain” is redefined according to new urban needs and demands. This cannot be done otherwise since cities reflect people's lives and environment. This aspect of the matter falls on understanding the use of information provided by various technological tools so that ‘cities are actively supported’ from a social, environmental, and economic point of view.
In this line and the urgent crisis assumed in the global climate action and its imminent attacks, start a new approach, “Climate Smart Cities,” where the technological factor is present. A tool so that cities can organize more accurate data, make better decisions, create infrastructure, and mitigate or adapt to the effects of climate change.
Hence the prevailing in the Urban Agenda topics such as green technologies, nature-based solutions, nature technology, and biotechnology, among others.
Smart Cities a concept that is forced to be in constant development to accompany the context of crowded cities that support climate change and the indisputable use and adoption of communication technologies throughout the communication society.
We are now in the present day when we talk about the “Smart City” approach, technology to provide a better urban future.
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