A Participatory Approach for Envisioning a Smart City

  title={A Participatory Approach for Envisioning a Smart City},
  author={Peter van Waart and Ingrid J. Mulder and Cees de Bont},
  journal={Social Science Computer Review},
  pages={708 - 723}
The work we will be discussing here explores how government, industry, the university, and the citizens of a city can arrive through a participatory design approach at an increased and mutual understanding and a shared vision of a desired smart city of the future. Elaborating upon insights from transition management studies and from the quadruple-helix knowledge production model, our work proposes a participatory approach for prototyping future cities that embraces practice-oriented design… 

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