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Author: Antoni Vives
ISBN: 9781845199180
Format: PB
Extent: 256 pp
Price: £24.95
Publication: March 2018
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press


Barcelona’s transformation into the world’s leading smart city is explained by one of its chief protagonists. This an essential guide for innovation and leadership for all those who participate in the design of cities in the 21st century.

The Barcelona municipality is a driving force in the creation of city employment, well-being and opportunity. What can the world learn from the Barcelona model? What should municipal governments’ priorities be when committing to this development model? What are smart cities and what are they not? Why do they generate so much controversy?

Based on the author’s experience as deputy mayor of urbanism, housing, infrastructures, environment, energy, ICT, and innovation in Barcelona City Council, as well as a consultant and lecturer to cities across the world (Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Doha, Dubai, Oslo, Prague, Moscow and Bogotá, to name a few), the guide presents twelve theoretical and practical lessons for all citizens, civil servants, politicians, architects, city planners and businessmen who wish to contribute to the design of 21st century cities.

The urban development vision to integrate information and communication technology (ICT) and internet of things (IoT) technology in way that makes best use of the resources and human assets peculiar to a city has attracted popular attention and social media comment as people view this new vision as the promotion of the artistic, spiritual and political life of the city they live in.

Published in association with the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies. Translation from original Spanish.