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Smarticipate will give citizens access to data about their city in an easy to understand way, enabling them to better support the decision-making process. Local governments will be able to tap into the ingenuity of their residents, gaining valuable ideas. This two-way feedback makes cities more democratic and dynamic. Residents will also play an active role in verifying and contributing to data.

Information available to urban planners – such as applicable legal frameworks and relevant policies – will be presented to citizens, providing them with a better insight into the planning process and local government decision making.

The platform will be trialled in three major European cities: London, Rome, and Hamburg. Click here to find out more about each city’s vision.

Through smarticipate, the choices made by local governments become more transparent, democratic and inclusive. If successful in these three cities, the project platform will be made available across Europe.

 

Hear more about the project from some of the project partners:

Joachim Rix

Fraunhofer IGD

David Ludlow

University of the West of England

Andries Geerse

WeLoveTheCity

Zaheer Khan

University of the West of England

What type of decisions will citizens support?

Hamburg wants citizen input in regards to the positioning of trees in urban areas and the construction of playgrounds for children. Where would they be the most useful/appreciated?

The Royal London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is going for a bottom up approach, with citizens free to make proposals that will enhance social cohesion and engagement across all age groups. Residents can also give input into the planning process, voicing concerns and proposing alternatives. The city is hoping that residents and businesses will use the available data to develop apps that improve quality of life.

Rome wants to become more transparent in its decision-making, and is emphasising the democratic possibilities of the smarticipate platform. The city particularly wants citizens’ ideas on potential uses for abandoned buildings in the city. How can they be transformed into something positive?

Ultimately smarticipate is the first step on a path that could change the way cities operate. It aims to upend the traditional relationship between local authorities and citizens and bring them closer together. There’s no doubt that the project will change over time, shaped by its experiences. It is an exciting opportunity that we encourage everyone to be a part of.

Who is involved?

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 693729. It’s coordinated by the Fraunhofer IGD and supported by the University of the West of England, the Austrian Institute of Technology, GeoVille Informationssysteme und Datenverarbeitung, ICLEI European Secretariat, wetransform GmbH, and We Love the City.

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany; the City of Rome (supported by Risorse per Roma), Italy; and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, United Kingdom are the project partner cities.

To get in touch with the consortium partners, visit the contact page.