(GEOG 399 PSU)
The main aim of the course is to offer an overview of how information and telecommunications technologies are changing both urban spaces and human behavior in cities.
More specifically, the course is organized into three parts:
Firstly, some preliminary definitions are presented. Concepts such as ‘digital technology’, ‘real-time communication’ or ‘smart city’ are explained.
Secondly, key evidence and facts are presented to illustrate how information and telecommunication technologies have definitely changed the nature of many different economic, social and cultural processes and, as a consequence, the whole urban life and lifestyle. A wide range of examples are presented to explain how digital technologies have provided with innovation and creativity the urban planning and management.
Thirdly, some conclusions are presented on how digital technologies can have a stronger influence on cities future urban life.
Finally, the course approaches these contents using the city of Barcelona as an urban laboratory where testing the previously mentioned ideas on the basis of existing on-going projects to develop Barcelona as a future smart city.
5 quarter credits / 3.3 semester credits
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