A new planning tool lets people vote on and see, via a virtual simulation, how planning proposals will affect their city. By Jay McGregor
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Smart cities, the concept of many planning architects and politiciens. How do we imagine the future of the cities, how will we live, act, react in highly populated environments with enormous constraints in all aspects of life in the city (space, time, actors, beliefs, political programs, ...).
Great article, emphasizing the need of the introduction of aspects of direct democracy in the technological process in order to picture a more accurate simulation.
“Smart cities are great, but they’re generally aimed at grabbing data,” says Sengupta. Indeed, the very idea of a smart city is a linear one. What Sengupta is proposing is far more multi-dimensional.
“We take the smart city concept and improve on it, we call this a ‘stage 4 system’,” he explains. “We take all of that smart city data, throw in historical, sociological, geographical, cultural, ecological, industrial and academic data, alongside ground data and you have something very interesting. If, on top of that, you include public participation, ie the thoughts and ideas of citizens, you can build a live and kicking virtual replica city. The more data we have, the more accurate the simulation is and the more future proofed it is”.