Towards smart urban developments? Innovation habitats and tech parks in Brazil

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In line with the UN’s global agenda of sustainable development goals (SDG), to achieve a positive transformation towards the sustainability of cities,
urban planning practitioners should draw on a series of action plans aimed at combining smart infrastructure to high-density and mixed-use developments.
In Brazil, these endeavors are likely to be fostered from the Innovation Habitats – such as tech-parks, coworking spaces, incubators, living labs, etc. –
understood as spaces conducive for innovations to occur, as they are the locus of information and knowledge sharing, particularly regarding cutting-edge
technology development. However, there is limited knowledge on the extent to which innovation habitats cope with smart urban planning. Therefore, this
paper intends to verify this issue through an analysis of the 43 tech parks currently in operation in the country and their integration into respective urban
contexts. The results account for three fronts from which it is possible to reflect on the extent to which these parks play a prominent role in promoting a
smarter and more sustainable urban development: (i) their legal personality; (ii) their rapport with the city region; and (iii) their relation with the
surrounding neighborhoods.
Original languageEnglish
Article number10.32049/RTSA.2020.4.01
Number of pages19
JournalRivista Trimestrale di Scienza dell’Amministrazione
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • smart city
  • tech parks
  • sustainable urban planning


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