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#21 - Future Cities

12 Apr 2018

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From Smart Cities to Responsive Cities: how to bring citizens back to the center of urban planning processes

Estefanía Tapias - Researcher & Lecturer at ETH Zürich

A Responsive City is the next generation in urban development after the Smart City. Cities become first smart and then responsive: dynamic behaviour differentiates the Responsive City from the Smart City 🏃‍♀️ Smart Cities are technology-driven and produce large amounts of data. Smart Cities and Smart Buildings are in an early stage of development, as every building and every city is a prototype. The Responsive City builds on Smart City technology, but places the human in the centre of decision-making, design, and management of the city 💁 It uses the stocks and flows of information as the main driver of change. Data for the Responsive City come from smart buildings, smart infrastructure, and most important, from its citizens. To deepen the knowledge about Responsive Cities, we define the concept of Citizen Design Science, a combination of Citizen Science and Urban Design 🌇 Both are conducted, in whole or in part, by citizens or non-professional scientists. This approach is still in an early stage of development and, with the Responsive Cities research, we aim to explore its potential together with participants around the world.

From Smart Cities to Responsive Cities: how to bring citizens back to the center of urban planning processes from Estefanía Tapias

Virtual citizens in a virtual city may brighten the future of our cities: meet your digital twin

Roberto Saracco - Head Industrial Doctoral School at EIT Digital

We are experiencing a transformation of atoms into bits 💣 Atoms are not disappearing at all but a huge amount of bits is flanking them and more and more insights and actions depends on them. Bits can provide a mirror image of systems, like cars, water ducts, and… people 👩 This mirror image can be used to generate information on what is going on, what needs are experienced and can be the starting point to satisfy them. The connections between atoms and bits is becoming ever easier: smartphones can provide, as an example, accurate representations of ourselves in specific domains 📱 This talk will address both the technology underpinning in the creation of digital twins and the economic incentives to have and use them. How will a city get smarter and how can we enjoy such a city will be the closing topic of the talk bringing examples and laying ideas to discuss 🚙

Virtual citizens in a virtual city may brighten the future of our cities: meet your digital twin from Roberto Saracco

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