Title: Gold Coast smart city strategy: informed by local planning priorities and international smart city best practices

Authors: Tooran Alizadeh; Leila Irajifar

Addresses: Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney, Australia ' School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University, Australia

Abstract: This paper takes an applied approach to propose a smart city strategy informed by local planning priorities and international best practices. In doing so, it focuses on Gold Coast - a midsized Coastal City in Australia - which has been part of IBM's smarter cities challenge, and open and agile smart cities network. In this paper, local planning context and priorities in relation to smart cities are investigated, and benchmarked against best practice smart city initiatives from around the world. The result is a strategic smart city framework around organisational and operational capital, economic and financial capital, human and social capital, infrastructure and physical capital. The approach taken, and the lessons learned are applicable to other cities interested in taking a strategic approach towards the fast growing concept of smart cities.

Keywords: smart city; strategy; planning; best practice; Gold Coast; GC; Australia.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKBD.2018.092708

International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 2018 Vol.9 No.2, pp.153 - 173

Received: 20 Oct 2017
Accepted: 20 Oct 2017

Published online: 18 Jun 2018 *

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