PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2015, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (4): 402-409.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2015.04.001

• Special Column: Big Data and Smart City •     Next Articles

Smart city planning and construction based on geographic perspectives: some theoretical thinking

Feng ZHEN1,2(), Guangliang XI3, Xiao QIN3   

  1. 1. School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
    2. Human Geographic Research Center of Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
    3. School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
  • Online:2015-04-10 Published:2015-04-10

Abstract:

The construction of smart cities is an important impetus for promoting the development of urbanization. In addition to the technological support, the construction of smart cities should also consider the impact of information technology on city governments, enterprises, and residents' activities and activity space. Based on the analysis of the general situation and consideration of existing problems of the construction of smart cities in China, the authors conclude that the development of smart cities is an inexorable trend to adapt to the strategic transformation of urbanization, upgrading of public services, community development, and solving urban problems. Innovations in geography and their theoretical support function to smart cities are then discussed with regard to the coupling of multiple heterogeneous data, time-space compression, the new mobility paradigm, space of flows, human-nature relationship under new circumstance, and spatiotemporally coordinated development. Also, the innovation research of geography interact with the different systems of smart cities. Based on the research and application of urban geography, we put forward the key aspects of planning and construction of smart cities, including the top design, the distributing of functional zones and spaces, the integration of infrastructure, and rural-urban governance, among others.

Key words: information technologies, smart cities, geography, space of flows, human-nature relationship