PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2022, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (6): 1068-1081.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2022.06.010

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Research progress and prospect of urban space under the influence of smart technology

KONG Yu1,2(), ZHEN Feng1,2,*(), ZHANG Shanqi1,2   

  1. 1. School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
    2. Provincial Engineering Laboratory of Smart City Design Simulation & Visualization of Jiangsu Province, Nanjing 210093, China
  • Received:2021-08-24 Revised:2021-09-19 Online:2022-06-28 Published:2022-08-28
  • Contact: ZHEN Feng;
  • Supported by:
    National Social Science Foundation of China(20AZD040)


The impact of smart technology has penetrated into various aspects of city life. The flow of spatial elements is faster and more complex. Urban functions need to be adjusted to adapt to the changes of residents' activities. The smart operation and management of urban space has also become a new challenge. This article reviewed the impact of current smart technology on urban space from three aspects: urban spatial element organization, residents' activities, and spatial functions, and spatial operation and management. Looking forward, we believe that urban space would have the characteristics of instantaneous relocation, spatial intelligence, complex mobility, and stronger resilience in the next five to ten years. To provide guidance for urban space research and planning design under the influence of smart technology, this article further proposed four key directions of future urban space research: urban space organization, functional form, operation management, and planning methods.

Key words: smart technology, urban space, spatial organization, functional form, operation management