The Summer School combines scholars from diverse disciplines including technical, economic, political, environmental and social disciplines to explore new sets of relationships between (a) society and technology and (b) people and data entailed in the Smart City vision and to contribute to a better understanding of processes transforming urban spaces. The questions we will explore during the Summer School include:

  • Which new urban patterns are established by using Smart City technologies as digital internet devices and products in housing, communities or cities?
  • How do ICT innovations in urban contexts affect mentalities, social interaction and social structures?
  • What are the technological and social driving forces that shape the process of designing urban places?

Courses will promote exploration of these questions from multiple perspectives in co-lectured sessions (see below for sessions and topics) and practical field work in interdisciplinary teams. Public Lectures round up the discussions from the sessions and open the Summer School to the public.

Download the schedule of the Smart Cities-Summer School here: Summer School Schedule (PDF)


Technology and Informatics

  • Marcus Foth,¬†Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia
  • Vassilis Kostakos, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Stefan Nastic, TU Wien, Austria
  • Agnis Stibe, MIT Media Lab, USA

Technical infrastructures (cloud computing, Internet of Things) enabling Smart City connectivity and their implications for Smart Cities; Technologically enabled interaction between people and their Smart City particularly in Urban Spaces; application possibilities at the intersection of people-place-technology as well as the relation of smart residential housing.

Sociology, Urban Sociology and Urban Studies

  • Harvey Molotch, New York University, USA
  • Jens Dangschat, Rudolf Giffinger, TU Wien, Austria

Transformation processes of urban societies focusing on science and technology studies as well as how material culture seeks to examine the supposedly non-material aspects of life; Social milieus and lifestyles shall illustrate new ways of urban living and social differentiated rebound effects in uses of new technologies.

Economics, Innovation and Globalisation

  • Allen Scott, University of California, LA, USA
  • Robert Kloosterman University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Koen Frenken Utrecht University, Netherlands

The cultural as well as the economic aspects of Cities focus on spatial effects. The economy of cities, including the creative economy, creative cities, and regional/global development are being outlined. Cultural economy of Cities focusing on spatial analysis; geographical effects of innovation and economic spill-overs; multidisciplinary approaches on globalisation is addressed.

Urban Planning, Urban Geography and Urban Governance

  • Mark Tewdr-Jones, Newcastle University, UK
  • Thomas Madreiter, City of Vienna, Austria
  • Francesco Ferrero, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxemburg

Urban development processes, being based on integrated and inclusive perspectives, the necessity of innovative urban studies, is about to open the field of disciplines. Smart City strategies in urban development are driven by aspects of policy and innovation as well as new forms of management of Information and Communication of urban spaces.