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SMART CITY Barcelona

The Catalan Quest to Improve Future Urban Living

Antoni Vives is a political consultant and analyst for cities and governments across the world, as well as for the London School of Economics. Between 2011 and 2015 he was the deputy mayor of urbanism, housing, infrastructures, environment, energy, ICT, and innovation for Barcelona City Council. During his mandate the city received numerous awards, including the European Capital of Innovation and the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge, as well as being recognised as the number one Smart City in the world by Juniper Research.


Barcelona’s transformation into the world’s leading smart city is explained by one of its chief protagonists. SMART CITY Barcelona provides 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), SMART CITY Barcelona 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 Catalan Observatory of the London School of Economics


Paperback ISBN: 978-1-84519-918-0
Paperback Price: £24.95 / $34.95
Release Date: anuary 2018
   
Page Extent / Format: 256 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: Yes
   

 



PROLOGUE

1. WHAT I'VE LEARNED
2. WHY SMART?
3. BARCELONA: A MANTRA, A PLAN
4. OPENING THE CITY UP FOR WORKS
5. CITY-OS, BIG DATA AND HIGH-RESOLUTION DIAGNOSIS
6. INNOVATION, MANUFACTURING ASSOCIATIONS AND MORE SOCIAL BIG DATA
7. HOW TO ORGANISE THE SMART CITY?
8. PARTICIPATING, EXPERIMENTING, AND SUPERBLOCKS (OR THE CITY IS ANYTHING BUT SIMPLE)
9. TRANSFORMING FOR THE NEXT THREE GENERATIONS, COUNTING ON EARLY VICTORIES
10. ENERGY THROUGH THE INTERNET
11. SMART UP CITY: PRODUCTIVE, HYPER-CONNECTED, RE-NATURISED
12. WHAT IS TECHNOLOGY?

A FINAL COMMENT. LOOKING TOWARDS INDIA

Epilogue by Adam Austerfield (Enterprise Director, London School of Economics)


Both in politics and in private practice, Antoni Vives has devoted himself with a passionate commitment to dealing with the central questions of urbanisation in the twenty-first century. He sees how the need to make cities easier places to live – whether in terms of transport, housing, health care, recreational spaces and the key issue that underlies all others, funding – is a social as much as a logistical problem. Toni has campaigned against the reduction of cities to amorphous conglomerations in which citizens are merely cogs in the overall economy. Instead, building on his own experience in Barcelona, he has recognized the central importance of maintaining, but also connecting, small neighbourhoods with a real sense of community.
From the Series Preface by Paul Preston, London School of Economics

Vives, a political consultant and analyst for cities and governments around the world, describes the development of Barcelona into a Smart City, one that creates employment, well-being, and opportunity; responds to problems faced by the people and provides the best possible services, opportunities, and urban solutions through advanced technology; and uses resources in an intelligent way, diagnoses problems, anticipates them, and generates solutions. He draws on his experience as deputy mayor of urbanism, housing, infrastructures, environment, energy, information and communication technology, and innovation in Barcelona City Council to present theoretical and practical lessons about Smart Cities. He describes the vision and strategy for turning Barcelona into a Smart City; the transformation of the Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes; the city’s operating system; the role of innovation, manufacturing associations, and big data; organization of the city; the use of superblocks; transformation for the next three generations; energy and the internet; the creation of jobs, hyper-connectivity, and re-naturalization; the role of technology; and implications for India. The book was first published in Spanish as SMART. Las ideas que convirtieron a Barcelona en una cuidad líder en el mundo, in 2017.
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