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Bart Gorynski
2 days ago
Bart Gorynski
Smartivist | @bee smart city

Smart city initiatives need to not only be people-centric, but actually co-created by everyone in the community, if they are to be inclusive.

Many proponents of the smart city claim that it is by nature inclusive. However, like all other aspects of urban design and development, smart city initiatives frequently fail to fully prioritize inclusivity, often perpetuating the very issues that they aim to solve. As Gil Peñalosa, world-renowned urban designer, noted in a recent panel discussion on ‘The Invisible Smart City’: “we currently design our cities as though everyone is 30 and active”, leading to biased, inaccessible urban design that excludes what he calls the ‘silent majority’. Going one step further than this, Yves Raibaud, acclaimed sociologist and urban geographer, argues that cities are designed ‘by and for men’ (par et pour les hommes) - notably ‘western’, privileged men. This evidently leaves much to be desired in terms of diversity, and in turn inclusivity. Children, older...

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Julian Sandler
last month
Julian Sandler
Smart City Expert

While the vagaries of the cryptocurrency markets are keeping crypto traders glued to their CoinDesk graphs, the real potential of blockchain is its capability to solve real human challenges in a decentralized, private, and secure way. Government officials have increasingly investigated how blockchain might solve critical problems, but now one city intends to move forward with an actual implementation.

The city of Austin is piloting a new blockchain platform to improve identity services for its homeless population, as part of a competitive grant awarded by the Mayor’s Challenge program sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Austin was one of 35 cities to be awarded pilot grants, and the top city from that group will ultimately be awarded $5 million.

3 months ago
By Joan Torres

Soon, one third of humanity will live in a slum. Our cities are at breaking point. Over 90% of urbanisation this century will be due to the growth of slums. By the end of this century, the top megacities will no longer be London and Tokyo; they will almost all be in Asia and Africa, and they will be far bigger than the metropolises of today. Lagos is projected to have a population of 88 million. Dhaka: 76 million. Kinshasa: 63 million. The world is fundamentally restructuring itself.

What if there were a new type of city that is a better fit for this century? One that is more lightweight, light touch and adaptive than we’ve seen before. What if the future of our cities could come from the rethinking of slums?

Sustainable. Walkable. Livable. These terms are often used to paint visions of our preferred urban future. Yet the formal notion of a city is quite calcified; it’s heavy and clunky and inflexible. Cities today lack the flexibility to absorb emerging radical possibilities. Wh...

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Jim Frazer
4 months ago
Jim Frazer
Senior Executive – Intelligent Transportation Systems, Illumination and the Smart City

There’s a significant amount of ambiguity in specifying a smart city project today. This lack of clarity costs time, dollars and often can lead you far astray from your smart city vision. Since the smart city effort is truly in its early adopter phase, it’s also not surprising that this ambiguity is also dramatically promoted by the marketing hyperbole of many vendors in the domain. This scenario is increasingly being defined as Smart City 1.0.

Smart City 2.0 describes a reality where the governmental agency takes the lead in pioneering solutions. This too, as can easily be imagined, can quickly lead to large negative unintended consequences,

With these assumptions in mind, this white paper will attempt to define a sustainable, repeatable, scalable and economically sensible path forward for cities and projects of all sizes.

So what’s Smart City 3.0?

The Smart City 3.0 is a Smart City initiative is driven by public expectations – or more precisely “user needs”. While Smart City 1.0 and 2.0 are driven by technology and government decisions respectively, Smart City 3.0 is neither driven by technology nor solely by government agencies.

In Smart City 3.0, the public expresses their views, wishes and needs with the government acting as a facilitator (and as a definer of agency-specific user needs).

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Pieterjan Blondeel
5 months ago
Pieterjan Blondeel
Head of Urban Operations at Joyn Belgium nv

Nowadays everything is smart. Your car, your phone and even your tootbrush. And you are also living in a city that becomes smarter by the day. They are smart and all talk to each other thanks to The Internet of Things.

Here is the problem with that: everything is getting smart but it does not mean everyone is getting smart(er).

Not everyone has a smartphone, not everyone knows how to access the internet and some of us don’t know how to drive. That’s nothing to be ashamed off. Not at all.

But the truth is that you are missing a lot of what’s happening. You are looking at a disprutive movement and have no clue what it is about. You can’t benefit the advantages. That’s not fair.