A Conceptual Multidimensional Model for Assessing Smart Sustainable Cities

Sukaina A Al Nasrawi, Carl Adams, Ali El-Zaart


The concept of Smart Sustainable Cities (SSC) is gaining increasing attention by the countries around the globe, particularly in response to potential future environmental challenges and increased proportion of populations living in cities. Several countries claim to have implemented or in the process of implementing SSCs, and there are many models that can be used to measure how 'smart' the initiatives and cities are. This paper critically evaluates the main models to measure city smartness and identifies deficiencies, namely that they are not sensitive to the needs, resources, priorities and wider context for individual cities. The paper suggests a multidimensional methodological model that assists in evaluating the smartness level of a city while being sensitive to its context. It provides further contribution by combining sustainable and smart attributes of a city.


Smart sustainable city; indicators; ICT; measurement; smartness

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4301/S1807-17752015000300003