The Balanced Smart City
Collaboration is key for our transition towards a Balanced Smart City.
In a balanced smart city; urban planning, the potential of technology products and the common social economic agenda of the municipality (and the main city stakeholders) do pull up together and find a balance. So in a balanced smart city there isn’t only a focus on the citizens smart city and their bottom up approach, or a smart city by top down decisions and actions from municipalities and the real estate developers, or a tech driven smart city. In a balanced smart city, all the aspects and values meet with a common goal; a livable city with economic and social prosperity, a breeding ground for innovation and a sense for efficiency by the use of the (raw) materials. The unique identity of the city(district), and the need of the citizens, both give an important handle towards a common social economic future where tech power, social/economic need and urban planning actions are in balance and tuned.
Roadmap towards Smart Urbanity
As explained in the balanced smart city model; the idea of how the future of the (smart) city must look like is definitely not set by the spatial consultant, real estate developer, corporate (tech) company or the municipality alone! Nowadays the future of the city is the result of collaboration with citizens and experts from different backgrounds around a shared ambition. This common approach is in the first place important for the sustainability of the plans. The experts go on from project to project, and the citizens & entrepreneurs remain in their beloved city with sense for the city (citisense). It is their future, they must own it and take care of it with pride!
The ambition of the Smart City Kitchen is; creating meaningful urban communities, as a key factor for cities which are in a Smart and Circulair transition! Communities, the collaboration and the commitment of the stakeholders to their shared future is the fundament towards the smart and circular urbanity. Technical products, and real estate programs (places and spaces) do facilitate the common ambition. Why? We want to create city programs and services which does contribute to the social economic ambition of the municipality, the stakeholders and mostly is an abstract of the unique identity of the city/district.
The framework of the roadmap is set by;
- The unique identity of the urban area as the core of the development,
- The involvement and commitment of the citizens, municipality, urban planners & entrepreneurs (stakeholders) around the future of their “own” environment.
- Collaboration between different stakeholders and sectors around a shared future! Where new stakeholders and networks meet around a shared ambition/need, new connections are created, and so are new programs, products and solutions. This holistic approach leads to a new smart urbanity, where (tech, social and economic) systems and loops can be connected.