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Smart City or How to Go to City Hall through the Cloud


Smart City or How to Go to City Hall through the Cloud

Côté, Marianne (2017) Smart City or How to Go to City Hall through the Cloud. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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On the campaign trail in 2013, then-mayoral candidate Denis Coderre promised to transform Montréal into a smart city. Since then, the city released a strategy and action plan, established the Smart and Digital City Office and introduced several projects as ‘smart’ initiatives. Still, what is a smart city and what does it mean to be smart? First, this thesis demonstrates that even if the smart city concept is often seen as ‘new’, it includes many central elements found in the early days of computing technology. Second, this research draws some parallels between the past and the present when it comes to justifying a new urban paradigm. Then, using critical discourse analysis and interviews with two key actors in the Montréal city apparatus, this thesis will reveal how the model was put in place, as well as some of the challenges that the administration faced in the process. By focusing on the regional development of Montréal, Québec, Canada as a smart city, this thesis hopes to make a meaningful contribution to the discussion about the relationship between technology, politics and the future of cities.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Côté, Marianne
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Media Studies
Date:5 September 2017
Thesis Supervisor(s):McKelvey, Fenwick
Keywords:Smart city, technology, Montréal
ID Code:982980
Deposited On:10 Nov 2017 13:45
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:56


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