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The shift towards smart cities in Southeast Asian cities

Author(s): Thibault Pilsudski; Si Ying Tan; Devisari Tunas; Fabien Clavier; Andrew Stokols; Araz Taeihagh

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Smart cities utilise technological and digital solutions to resolve urban issues, to enhance the accessibility of services, and increase the quality of life (ASEAN, 2018). In 2018, Singapore leveraged its ASEAN presidency to initiate the ASEAN Smart Cities Network to develop a collaborative forum to improve the translation of smart technologies between ASEAN cities by exploring potential synergies and complementarities, developing tailored action plans and sharing best practices. However, the translation, adoption and implementation of technologies across unique geographical, developmental and governance contexts vary substantially (Taeihagh,2017). Without sufficiently understanding these variations, the translation process will likely fail. To understand these variations and their implications for city governance, we seek to unpack the different institutional forces that shape the adoption and implementation of such technologies. The paper aims therefore to identify key aspects of urban governance that guide the adoption and implementation of smart city technologies, by questioning (1) the drivers for smart city adoption, (2) the origin of policy ideas, (3) the factors hindering or facilitating their local translation, and (4) the impact of smart city development on city-level governance. This paper is part of ongoing research on smart cities in Indonesia.

Publication: ISOCARP Congress Proceedings, pp.1517-1530
Year: 2019

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