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Collaborative city co-design: state-of-the-art and future perspectives

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Authors: Albats Ekaterina
Publication year: 2016
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Lahden ammattikorkeakoulun julkaisusarja
Title of parent publication: Smart Cities in Smart Regions 2016 Conference Proceedings
Volume number: 27
Start page: 107
End page: 117
eISSN: 2342-7507
JUFO-Level of this publication: 0
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Continuous city growth leads to various urbanization-related challenges such as ecology, infrastructure, society and economy. As these changes have a direct impact on city inhabitants, there is a clear need for citizens to be involved in city design. The concept of ‘the smart city' emerged in response to these challenges and gave birth for an entire market of ‘smart city' solutions. To facilitate these solutions, a central need remains, however, to develop a single platform, which is able to integrate all relevant city and stakeholder related data sources. Besides factual and measurable data, a major challenge lies in integrating and utilizing data generated through co-design methods and processes, which allow an improved urban development process through stakeholder participation. This paper presents results of the research project C³PO (Collaborative City Co-Design Platform), which aims at developing such a platform, and is a result of the work done by a project consortium formed by professionals from Belgium, Turkey and Finland. In the paper we picture the state-of-the-art in city co-design: define its stakeholders and challenges and present an overview of the tools, technologies and platform characteristics required to address these challenges. We also review the options of business models for city co-design platform. The insights presented are based on qualitative exploratory research, in-depth analysis of the existing literature on the topic, analysis of secondary sources (websites of city development projects and city planning documentation) as well as an analysis of three types of primary data. These primary data sources include interviews with 27 city developers from Belgium, Finland, Spain and Turkey, data gathered from 50 participants of workshops organized in Belgium, Finland and Turkey as well as insights resulting from dedicated project consortium sessions. We analysed the data using manual text mining and compared results gathered between the different countries involved. Based on this analysis, we firstly defined seven groups of stakeholders and seven central challenges related to the city co-design process. Secondly, 76 platform requirements were defined, including stakeholder requirements, functional and non-functional requirements. Thirdly, a review of several existing tools and technologies has been done in the three key areas: cooperative urban design process, urban semantics, visualization and interaction. Lastly, four business model related options for city co-design platform were created.

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