Smart Urbanism requires cities to commit themselves with integrated, sustainable and participative urban growth. The way worldwide cities evolve will guide the future of society not only in the urban development field, but also in their economic, ecological and civic engagement aspects.
Nowadays, the main challenges we face require that cities renew their strategies to achieve better living conditions in urban areas, so that they can offer their citizens equitable and inclusive places to develop their daily life. The increasing of urban population worldwide will threaten urban planners and governors with phenomena such as the new urban management system that Megacities will need, slum upgrading and inclusive development patterns that guarantee the integration of the former rural citizens in the urban life.
In the consolidated urban regions, like Europe, cities will have to define how they evolve to achieve:
ICT, Big Data analyses and new GIS systems can provide useful tools to support smarter choices regarding urban growth. Urban planners, designers, citizens and governors should take advantage of the new possibilities they offer to achieve a much more connected and cooperative urbanism.