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    Actually-existing Smart Dublin: Exploring smart city development in history and context


    Coletta, Claudio and Heaphy, Liam and Kitchin, Rob (2018) Actually-existing Smart Dublin: Exploring smart city development in history and context. In: In-side Smart Cities: Place, Politics and Urban Innovation. Routledge, pp. 85-101. ISBN 9780815348689

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    Abstract

    How does the ‘smart city’ manifest itself in practice? Our research aims to separate substance from spin in our analysis of the actually-existing smart city in Dublin, Ireland. We detail how the smart city has been brought into common discourse in the Dublin city region through the Smart Dublin initiative, examining how the erstwhile ‘accidental smart city’ until 2014 has been rearticulated into a new vision for Dublin. The chapter is divided into two parts. In the first part we map out the evolution of smart urbanism in Dublin by tracing its origins back to the adoption of neoliberal policies and practices and the rolling out of entrepreneurial urbanism in the late 1980s. In the second part, we detail the work of Smart Dublin and the three principle components of current smart city-branded activity in the city: an open data platform and big data analytics; the rebranding of autonomous technology-led systems and initiatives as smart city initiatives; supporting innovation and inward investment through testbedding and smart districts; and adopting new forms of procurement designed to meet city challenges. In doing so, we account for the relatively weak forms of civic participation in Dublin’s smart city endeavours to date.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This is the preprint version of the published chapter, which is available at: Coletta, C., Heaphy, L. and Kitchin, R. (2018) Actually-existing Smart Dublin: Exploring smart city development in history and context. In Karvonen, A., Cugurullo, F. and Caprotti, F. (eds) In-side Smart Cities: Place, Politics and Urban Innovation. Routledge. pp. 85-101.
    Keywords: Smart cities; urban futures; technological innovation; place; governance; participation;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Item ID: 12791
    Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
    Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2020 16:32
    Publisher: Routledge
    Refereed: Yes
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