© Radostina Radulova-Stahmer
Urban technologies (information and communication technologies ICT) are used worldwide in cities to address current challenges such as urbanisation, global warming, pollution and scarcity of resources. Against the background of global digital technology trends of the last two decades, this dissertation deals on an urban neighbourhood level with spatial framework conditions and spatial transformation in public space. In the current Smart City (SC) literature, the discourse is divided into two thought directions: one is technology-oriented and the other is socially-oriented. In this young field of research, the spatial dimension of the urban digitization process is missing. This dissertation contributes to this research gap by systematically analyzing the spatial interfaces and interactions between physical urban space and digital technologies. The specific research object are urban SC projects with different implemented technologies. The aim is to identify "spatial delays" of digital technologies in the urban environment, such as postal logistics or progressive Car-Sharing possibilities. According to the European SC-model of Giffinger et al. several urban SC-projects with a special focus on the key fields mobility and environment in German-speaking countries are investigated. All SC projects comprise technologies implemented in dense urban areas and in cities with more than 300,000 inhabitants. Within the PhD research, the identified "delays in spatialization" serve future urban planning not only to improve technical and social comfort, but also to ensure a robust spatial improvement of quality in public space.
Aglaée Degros, Institute of Urbanism, TU Graz
Prof. Markus Neppl, KIT