Smarticipate Facilitates Co-Creation in Urban Planning
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16Jan
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Smarticipate Facilitates Co-Creation in Urban Planning

by maxkortlander   |   16 Jan, 2018

Smarticipate is piloting projects in London, Hamburg, and Rome to develop a platform to facilitate citizen involvement in urban planning.

A main goal of the project is to inform and include citizens, in turn allowing those citizens to play a supportive role in the process of designing and developing public projects. This begins with bringing citizens and policymakers together before a project starts, and continuing to interact and share viewpoints and information as a project continues.

Smarticipate is bringing citizens and public administrations together in two major ways. Already, the project has hosted a number of Smartathons: live events where citizens and public officials meet face to face in physical meetings. These are in addition to the digital interaction that the project fosters through its development of an online participation platform.

The online platform uses 2D and 3D maps to aid citizen involvement in urban planning. The mapped interface allows for automatic feedback on citizen suggestions for urban planning, meaning that simple rules can be checked online: for example, where trees can be planted, or where there are underground gas lines. This type of auto feedback can save time for city officials, allowing them more time and space for other proposals which may acquire more attention.

The Smarticipate project isn’t only about improving urban planning in cities; it is working towards fostering more open governments. In this sense, open government is about being transparent by offering not just data, but information that is understandable and usable by citizens. Smarticipate is also fostering open government by opening up the processes of urban planning in such a way that citizens can understand how and why the public process operates, and thus be able to provide support and input into those public processes.

 


Friday, January 19, Smarticipate will run their next smartathon in London. This will be the last one of the second cycle with their three cities: London, Rome and Hamburg. An early prototype will be demonstrated and tested by city representatives and citizens. In addition, Smarticipate will run a meeting with potential "smart implementers" who may use the smarticipate platform to develop specific applications on top in the future.

 

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