Sustainable Urbanism in Digital Transitions

From Low Carbon to Smart Sustainable Cities

  • Mary J. Thornbush
  • Oleg Golubchikov

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Mary J. Thornbush, Oleg Golubchikov
    Pages 1-8
  3. Mary J. Thornbush, Oleg Golubchikov
    Pages 9-20
  4. Mary J. Thornbush, Oleg Golubchikov
    Pages 21-34
  5. Mary J. Thornbush, Oleg Golubchikov
    Pages 35-47
  6. Mary J. Thornbush, Oleg Golubchikov
    Pages 49-57
  7. Mary J. Thornbush, Oleg Golubchikov
    Pages 59-62
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 63-65

About this book


This book examines how contemporary urbanism is influenced by digital and low carbon transitions. From its infancy at the scale of individual buildings, a focus on ‘green’ agenda, energy, and resource efficiency has fostered research and policies for low carbon cities, eco-cities, and increasingly intelligent and smarter urban systems. Cities around the world are getting ‘smarter’ as more advanced technology is integrated into urban planning and design. People are relying more on digital and information and communication technology (ICT) in their daily lives, while cities are adopting more digital technology to monitor and gather information about people and their environment. This leads to Big Data collection, which is used to inform governance and improve urban performance. These transformations, however, raise critical questions, including whether emerging smart sustainable cities are too technocratic, but also with regard to citizen involvement. This brief addresses these important contemporary concerns through a review of literature and existing urban strategies. It should be of interest to everyone involved in advancing sustainable cities and smart cities. It should also be a relevant read for students and researchers in this area.


Technical Dimension Advanced Technology Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Urban Efficiency Urban Resilience Sustainable Cities Intelligent Cities Smarter Cities Smart Cities Smart Energy Cities

Authors and affiliations

  • Mary J. Thornbush
    • 1
  • Oleg Golubchikov
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Environmental StudiesYork UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.School of Geography and PlanningCardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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