Article: COVID-19 has opened the floodgates for smart cities—whether we like it or not

Cities, Open Space

COVID-19 has opened the floodgates for smart cities—whether we like it or not

The COVID-19 pandemic will be “a lubricant for the smart city,” according to one urban planning expert. From banal city service digitization efforts to ubiquitous urban surveillance systems, the smart city may be materializing faster than expected, says Klaus R. Kunzmann, a professor emeritus and the former head of the Institute of Spatial Planning at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany.

In a recent article for disP—The Planning Review, Kunzmann argues that the conditions created by the pandemic will make it much easier for local governments to pursue smart city solutions in areas such as traffic controlcrime prediction, and data sensors.

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