The use of technology is changing everyday life for people in cities and how the city is evolving to meet their needs. This is nothing new, we only need to see how the elevator made possible high-rise buildings, or how cars allowed cities to grow horizontally. But the pervasive nature of digital technology means that this change is impacting people’s lives at an unprecedented pace.
The concept of a ‘smart city’ was popularised as a concept in the early 2010s to describe the use of these new advances in technology and data to make better decisions about governing cities and delivering services. Since then, interest in the concept has exploded, attracting influence, investment and criticism across the world.