The Kind of Solution a Smart City Is: Knowledge Commons and Postindustrial Pittsburgh

In Governing Smart Cities as Knowledge Commons (Brett M. Frischmann, Michael J. Madison, and Madeline R. Sanfilippo eds., Cambridge University Press 2023)

U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2022-12

65 Pages Posted: 3 May 2022 Last revised: 22 Feb 2023

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Michael J. Madison

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law

Date Written: April 29, 2022

Abstract

This case study brings new attention to a critical but under-appreciated dimension of so-called “smart” cities: how smart city governance builds and relies on institutionalized sharing of data, information, and other forms of knowledge across all sectors of public administration. Those smart city practices are referred to here as knowledge commons and systematized using the Governing Knowledge Commons (GKC) research framework. That framework extends and modifies Ostrom’s research tradition as to community-based resource governance. As with other GKC-focused research, this work relies on a qualitative case study. It draws a detailed, context-specific portrait of a smart city as knowledge commons governance. The case is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Its contemporary smart city identity is detailed both with respect to recent uses of technology-dependent systems and also with respect to Pittsburgh’s political, economic, and social histories. Pittsburgh’s smart city is building on rather than displacing decades-long governance cultures and traditions. Knowledge commons analysis shows how the smart city may be evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

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Keywords: Knowledge commons, smart cities, infrastructure, governance, cities, urbanism, planning, city growth data, Big Data, data governance, data analytics, urban history, economic development, post industrial cities, Pittsburgh

Suggested Citation

Madison, Michael J., The Kind of Solution a Smart City Is: Knowledge Commons and Postindustrial Pittsburgh (April 29, 2022). In Governing Smart Cities as Knowledge Commons (Brett M. Frischmann, Michael J. Madison, and Madeline R. Sanfilippo eds., Cambridge University Press 2023), U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2022-12, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4097059

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