Smart and Sustainable Cities


The Smart Sustainable Cities course aims to introduce students to the role digital transformation and information management is playing in the construction of more efficient and climate neutral cities and its scientific study.

Student understanding of the methodologies, concepts and case studies related to the implementation and development of a smart sustainable city, based on the latest technological advances, will be deepened also with the support of NOVA Cidade ¿ Urban Analytics Lab ( The course will explore solutions that improve the quality of life of the population, sustainable development and social cohesion, while promoting a more efficient use of resources and responding to the challenges of climate change. It will also address open data and its influence on the development and implementation of a smart sustainable city.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Miguel de Castro Simões Ferreira Neto


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language

Portuguese. If there are Erasmus students, classes will be taught in English




Bibliografia constituida essencialmente por recursos online e distribuída ao longo do semestre em linha com o conteúdo dos tópicos cobertos em cada sessão.

Teaching method

The course will be a mix of theory, case studies, real world cases presentations by guest speakers and field trips.

Throughout the semester students will develop as group project an intervention based on the reality. Students will leverage co-creation tools to identify a ¿wicked problem¿ that the parish faces and design a smart city intervention to address it.  Topics may include energy, the environment, impacts of COVID-19, or another opportunity identified during context discovery.

Evaluation method

The final grade will be computed based on the following assessments:

a)           Project (60%)

b)           Continuous evaluation (10%)

c)           Final individual written exam (30%)

To successfully complete the course students must obtain a minimum score of 9.5 in the final exame, irrespective of marks obtained in a) or b).

Subject matter

The curricular unit is organized in trêsLearning Units (LU):

LU1: Smart and sustainable City: Concept; Global and local challenges; Trends

LU2: City planning and management verticals: Governance; Energy, Environment and Buildings; Society and Quality of Life; Economy and Innovation; Tourism; Mobility

LU3: City as a platform: Architecture; Data collection; Data storage; Data analysis; Information Delivery