Building Prosperous Knowledge Cities
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Building Prosperous Knowledge Cities

Policies, Plans and Metrics

Edited by Tan Yigitcanlar, Kostas Metaxiotis and Francisco Javier Carrillo

This unique book reveals the procedural aspects of knowledge-based urban planning, development and assessment. Concentrating on major knowledge city building processes, and providing state-of-the-art experiences and perspectives, this important compendium explores innovative models, approaches and lessons learnt from a number of key case studies across the world.
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Chapter 3: Organizing: Spontaneously Developed Urban Technology Precincts

Gülnur Çevikayak and Koray Velibeyoğlu


Gülnur Çevikayak and Koray Velibeyoğlu INTRODUCTION In recent years, cities have begun to compete with each other mainly based on their level of knowledge production, innovation, creativity and learning, and they have started to become more dynamic, complex, diverse, open and intangible (Finquelievich, 2002). Improving the knowledgeintensive business and service sector is an important issue for knowledge cities to develop their economic base. At the heart of the new innovation environment, technology precincts are faced with innovative processes to deliver today’s needs. The traditional concept of ‘technology precinct’ starts to be changed in terms of new urban precincts where knowledge is the driving force of the economic and urban development (Seitinger, 2004; Tidd, 2003). The pioneer force of knowledge-based urban development is knowledgeintensive business and service sectors, such that knowledge has become the fourth factor of production beside land, labour and capital. Commercializing new knowledge causes increase in the knowledge-based business and service sectors and awareness of the centrality to the urban context of sustained face-to-face contact, and especially quality of life in the vibrant, dynamic city (Corey and Wilson, 2006). This process brings knowledge-based innovative environments that contain new technology development areas with new contents. In this chapter, those new technology developments that locate in the inner city are named urban technology precincts (UTPs). UTPs can appear in two ways. The first way is the renovation and rebuilding of old or abandoned industrial grey or brown fields into new technology-based, vibrant areas with a strong identity and...

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