From situation awareness to smart city planning and decision making

Susa Eräranta*, Aija Staffans

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    Abstract

    Urban planning under the current rapidly changing conditions requires holistic understanding of the planning ecosystem. Sustainable communities cannot be planned in silos, but ask for systems thinking, collaborative methods, and knowledge management. Smart city planning, or "expanded urban planning", practices are developed for framing cities from a holistic and integrative perspective as a multi-scalar and multi-dimensional endeavor. The aim of this article is to describe and discuss knowledge creation and situation awareness in collaborative urban planning practice, and the question of how digitalization changes it. These subjects are approached through a case study on an urban planning process in the metropolitan area of Helsinki, Finland. Through empirical findings, this article argues that smart city planning is not only a data-driven superlinear scaling practice, but an integrative and collaborative learning process facilitated by face-to-face interaction and advanced analyses and visualizations of available data, ongoing processes, and local history and stories.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCUPUM 2015 - 14th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Electronic)9780692474341
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventInternational Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management - Cambridge, United States
    Duration: 7 Jul 201510 Jul 2015
    Conference number: 14

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management
    Abbreviated titleCUPUM
    CountryUnited States
    CityCambridge
    Period07/07/201510/07/2015

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    Eräranta, S., & Staffans, A. (2015). From situation awareness to smart city planning and decision making. In CUPUM 2015 - 14th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management