Journal of Smart Cities

Editor-in-Chief:Zhu Qing



Publishing Frequency : semi-yearly

Article Processing Charges(APC):500 SGD

Publishing Model : Open Access

Journal no:3


About the Journal

The Journal of Smart Cities offers a multidisciplinary forum for publishing original research in the area of smart cities, bringing together scholars from the fields of engineering, urban planning, computer science, and information and knowledge management. The Journal of Smart Cities will serve as an international platform by sharing the latest research achievements on smart cities globally, offering a comprehensive access to researchers and the academic communities.

The Journal of Smart Cities adopts a wide perspective on Smart Cities, as the broad use of information and telecommunication technologies to support an innovative and sustainable urban infrastructure and environment; as participatory action within cities, engagement of citizens, and investment in ICT, Internet technologies and smart objects, which increase the intelligence and problem solving capacity of cities; as an urban laboratory, a Living Lab, and a generator of solutions for wicked problems of inclusion, sustainability, climate change, and global competitiveness.

Main objectives of the Journal of Smart Cities is to promote research for the improvement of all sub-systems of cities, including urban infrastructure, construction, mobility, energy saving and renewable energy, health and social care, safety in the public space, work and innovation, and make the city easily accessible, effective, efficient, and an attractive place to live. Information and communication technologies, the Internet, and embedded devices into the physical space of cities is a means to achieve these objectives, which are mainly realized through the empowerment of city institutions, organizations, citizens, and end-users to make better, more informed, and intelligent decisions.

The Journal of Smart Cities aims to publish articles in all areas of smart cities, by scholars and experts in the field, but primarily from the fields of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Urban Planning, and Transport, while relevant contributions about the development of smart city technologies from the fields of Electrical Engineering, Informatics, and Computer Science are also welcome. Emphasizing on brilliant-quality research and timely publication, the Journal of Smart Cities invests in the management of best technological platform in an innovation context.

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General Announcements: New Editor-in-Chief


New Editor-in-Chief  

Note: Since 2019, the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Smart cities has been changed to Qing Zhu,Cheung Kong Scholar, distinguished professor,Southwest Jiaotong University, China.

Posted: 2019-04-12
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Vol 8, No 1 (2023)

Table of Contents


178 Views, 92 PDF Downloads
Yuanben Gao


This paper delves into the concept of "grandness" introduced by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, which, in the 20th century, aligned with societal demands and propelled the development of high-rise architectural theory. However, contemporary architectural research has revealed trends of standardization and compartmentalization in large skyscrapers, which to some extent impact the diversity of urban landscapes. This paper initially discusses these constraints and explores potential future directions for "grandness," with a particular emphasis on the transformative impact of cognitive design. Large skyscrapers often lose uniqueness due to their standardization and may compromise functionality through compartmentalization. For instance, the CCTV Headquarters, while architecturally striking, generated controversy due to its lack of functional practicality. Design centered around cognition emphasizes the uniqueness and iconicity of architectural elements, compensating for the shortcomings of "grandness" by creating distinctive architectural memories. This helps large buildings become more identifiable and culturally meaningful in urban environments, integrating better into urban life. This paper aims to argue for the significance of the "grandness" concept in meeting societal needs while also highlighting some inherent limitations. Through case studies and a focus on cognitive design, a better understanding and response to these limitations can be achieved to better cater to the needs of future urban architecture.

122 Views, 54 PDF Downloads
Xue Chen


The two versions of the Chinese and South Korean films "Door Lock" are both realistic suspense films. The two films use audio-visual means to describe the problem of women living alone, highlighting the plight of women being watched and the dangerous situation that they cannot escape. By carefully disassembling the mirror language and narrative techniques of the two films, this paper focuses on thinking about the elements that determine the form and style of the suspense film, discusses the genre style shaping of the film from the mirror image, explores the narrative motivation from the character design, and considers the realistic expression of the film from the social background.

161 Views, 35 PDF Downloads
Yuanben Gao


Since the beginning of the 21st century, a wave of innovative graphic architecture has emerged. However, these architectural works seem to have failed to inherit the profound aesthetics and sense of beauty associated with classical graphic architecture from history. Instead, they often exhibit superficial and exaggerated qualities, sparking widespread debate and criticism. This paper aims to integrate Immanuel Kant's aesthetic critique perspective, as presented in his work "Critique of Judgment," into the discourse on contemporary graphic architecture. By incorporating Kant's analyses and arguments regarding "agreeable," "beauty," and the "sublime" into discussions of contemporary architectural aesthetics, we seek to analyze and compare the similarities and differences between these new graphic architectural works and their classical predecessors. Ultimately, we arrive at the conclusion that these contemporary graphic architectural works, which often appear superficial and clichéd, are not deserving of admiration. At the same time, we propose recommendations for the design of future graphic architecture based on these insights.

193 Views, 59 PDF Downloads
Denggao Xiong


The wave of low-carbon economy has swept the world, and countries have begun to develop low-carbon economies and implement energy-saving and emission reduction measures. Developed countries have conducted research on low-carbon economy and energy conservation and emission reduction earlier than China, and have achieved some results. The rapidly developing national economy's increasing demand for oil requires people to accelerate the development of oil. However, most regions of China are located in impoverished areas, and the vast majority of oil production comes from water injection development methods. Oil injection development projects are widely distributed in oilfield production. While obtaining stable and abundant oil resources, oil injection development projects have also brought increasingly serious water environment problems. How to scientifically evaluate the impact of oil injection development projects on the water environment has become an urgent problem that needs to be solved.

136 Views, 66 PDF Downloads
Shan Wong, Chen Chen, Peishi Wu


This study presents a review of the applications, challenges, and development trends of blockchain technology in the context of smart cities and photovoltaic power generation. Blockchain technology possesses extensive applicability in the realms of government administration, public services, industrial development, and ecological environment, while simultaneously demonstrating immense potential within the photovoltaic power generation sector. Computer technology plays a pivotal role in blockchain applications, ensuring data security, compliance, and efficiency. However, the employment of blockchain technology in smart cities and photovoltaic power generation faces numerous challenges, including security, privacy protection, integration with other advanced technologies, and legal and regulatory issues. To surmount these obstacles, the adoption of corresponding technologies and strategies, reinforced education and training, and enhanced technological maturity and regulatory standards are requisite. By integrating blockchain technology with other technologies, one may anticipate its influential role across various domains and application scenarios, engendering a more extensive impact on the field of computing.


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