Building Sustainable Smart Cities and The Green Building Agenda

Kholofelo Evelyn Lamola (1)
(1) Part-time Lecturer at University of Limpopo, Polokwane, South Africa, South Africa


Sustainable development has been at the centre of most actions in the developing and first world countries. Most African countries are still developing and the challenge of infrastructure really a big issue in most of the countries looking at their background and state of development. There has been agendas and development strategies or visions for cities around the world: From sustainable, responsive, green development, resilient and South Africa and many other development strategies, that were adopted by many countries to bring about development in their cities. The smart city concept could be an evolving concept or something which was combined from many ideas and strategies or agendas which were developed before. The smart city concept is basically about improving work environment and turning communities into more technological advanced cities which is something that many developing countries have been working on under certain concepts/agendas such as e-governance and T-governance. The smart city concept could also be coupled with the 4th Industrial Revolution concept. How do we merge the concept of smart cities to the sustainable development agenda, and can a smart city not be sustainable and green? The paper will look into the past development initiatives and compare them with the current initiatives under the smart city concept to understand the gap and come up with a vision of what the future smart cities would look like and what we could be missing in the process of having sustainable smart cities and also uncovering how the green building concept is being merged to the concept.

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Kholofelo Evelyn Lamola
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Lamola, K. (2023). Building Sustainable Smart Cities and The Green Building Agenda. Resourceedings, 3(1), 43–49.

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Received 2023-02-21
Accepted 2023-03-30
Published 2023-03-31