Contributor: Zsuzsanna Balázs

Zsuzsanna BalázsZsuzsanna Balázs is a journalist at, a Hungarian online science&tech portal. She published several articles on STEM research, research policy, social affairs, education, gender equality.

Smart urban planning starts with interdisciplinary thinking and action

While the concept of smart cities has been around for three decades, a growing criticism has shaken the grounds of 21st century urban planning worldwide. Experts and researchers of various fields have recognized that the future of smart city planning is multidisciplinary, and the search for common grounds between technological innovation, social justice and environmental protection, made all the more vital by the Covid-19 crisis.

A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Prof Pieter van Wesemael about smart cities

Insight of a researcher: An interview with Pieter van Wesemael on smart city planning and sustainable urban development Pieter van Wesemael, professor of urbanism: "The process of “smartification” is inevitable unless people intend to live in a 19th century fashion. Sustainability, environmental protection and local traditions, on the other hand, must be integrated into modern ...

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A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Dr Rini Rachmawati about smart cities

Is smart city planning the same around the globe? Interview with Rini Rachmawati Dr Rini Rachmawati, researcher of urban and regional planning : "As far as urban infratructure is concerned, smart city planning has been heavily employed in Asia, where not only large cities, but also rural areas are expected to become smart. Socio-economic aspects, ...