What is it about?

This article addresses the uneven territorial growth of the smart city phenomenon and how the national and local spatial politics of urban smart projects work out in practice. By using a comparative and developmental quantitative methodology for the urban smart projects of Romania and taking the city of Timisoara as a case study, this study highlights the fact that large cities are not always the best represented; our findings show that peripheral small cities and towns may enjoy a more balanced distribution of smart projects. Furthermore, our evaluation of the spatial distribution (centre–periphery) of smart city projects in Timişoara—a European Capital of Culture in 2023—reveals a higher level of investment in smart projects in its urban periphery.

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Why is it important?

The spatial and the critical dimensions of the governance of urban smart projects are still insufficiently researched.


By presenting new critical understandings of the spatial interrelationships of smart city development, the study contributes to the geography of smart cities.

Dr Remus Cretan
west university of Timisoara

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This page is a summary of: The spatial development of peripheralisation: The case of smart city projects in Romania, Area, September 2023, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/area.12902.
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