Developing an ICT-enabled, anti-prophetic approach to sustainable cities

Ellie Cosgrave, Theo Tryfonas, Kirsten Cater

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Abstract

Cities serious about achieving sustainability need to consider what the role of information might be for them, while acknowledging their municipalities as being more complex than the sum of the physical infrastructure. This paper argues that predicting the future is not a useful mechanism for city planning, and claims that this can actually be disruptive to sustainability because adaptability, differentiation and cultural development are effectively designed out. We argue that the ICT-enabled sustainable city will be an emergent consequence of a variety of factors, a System-of-Systems, including bottom-up design by creative citizens. The paper uses systems thinking to outline core principles for city leaders in dealing with the inherent complexity of delivering successful sustainable cities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2012 7th International Conference on System of Systems Engineering, SoSE 2012
Pages47-52
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event2012 7th International Conference on System of Systems Engineering, SoSE 2012 - Genova, Italy
Duration: 16 Jul 201219 Jul 2012

Conference

Conference2012 7th International Conference on System of Systems Engineering, SoSE 2012
CountryItaly
CityGenova
Period16/07/1219/07/12

Keywords

  • Cities
  • ICT
  • Sustainability
  • Systems thinking
  • Utopia

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