Smart Cities Resources

As noted by Daniel Araya in Smart Cities as Democratic Ecologies, smart cities are “living habitats capable of adapting to the emerging needs of citizens and residents.”  (2015). To enable these habitats, we need to build a culture of collaboration across sectors and between cities. From challenges and organizations to articles and videos, this list explores some of the work being done in Canada and abroad to build resilient and inclusive communities, incorporating technology for social and environmental wellbeing. The lessons and insights from these resources provide concrete examples on moving to action, addressing problems holistically, and deepening innovations in cities. We will update this list from time to time. Challenges A challenge is a competitive award program to recognize cities that are excelling in their work to become resilient and inclusive.

Organizations & Services


  • Daniel Araya (editor), 2015. Smart Cities as Democratic Ecologies. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Stephen Goldsmith and Susan Crawford, 2014. The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Adam Greenfield, 2013. Against the Smart City. Do Projects.
  • Duncan McLaren and Julian Agyeman, 2015. Sharing Cities: A case for truly smart and sustainable cities. MIT Press.
  • Carlo Ratti and Matthew Claudel, 2016.The City of Tomorrow: Sensors, Networks, Hackers, and the Future of Urban Life. Yale University Press.
  • Anthony Townsend, 2013. Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia.


Articles and Posts


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