The platform

The smarticipate platform will make open data available to citizens in an understandable format. By doing so, it will transform open data from a little used resource to a vital tool to plan the future of a city.

Through the platform, users will be able to see proposed urban planning changes on a 3D map of their city. If the user has an idea to improve the proposal, they can make the change directly, observing their alterations in real time. Other users can also see the new proposal and comment on it.

If potential changes violate any legal or policy barriers, the intelligent system will inform the user and gives detailed reasons based on the data provided.
In addition to making changes to urban design, citizens will be able to feed in data from their own locality, improving data sets.

The three project cities – Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London; Hamburg; and Rome will trial the platform. Residents in these cities will be able to provide feedback on specific urban planning scenarios put forward by the council.

In each of the cities, a great deal of new technologies and software has been developed over the last years, including open source technology driven by community engagement. Smarticipate will integrate this software into the platform and make it available as an open toolkit for citizens.

The first iteration of the platform is due to be launched in summer 2017.

Who is it for?

The smarticipate platform allows citizens to add their voice to urban planning discussions, particularly those that may not have engaged in the process otherwise. This is accomplished based on citizens’ contributions, who bring forward specific ideas and proposals.

Entrepreneurs will be alerted to new development possibilities and will be able to more easily access feedback from the locals. Furthermore, they can adopt some technical modules and integrate them into their products and services.

The city administration will be empowered to leverage the creativity of their citizens and foster greater levels of local engagement. It will also provide elected officials with the information and knowledge to make better decisions.

How will it work in practice?

Open data will be fed into the smarticipate platform which will then be displayed visually, allowing users to get real-time feedback on their proposals. The platform will be publically accessible via an app for smartphones and tablets, as well as through the smarticipate website.

Users will be able to give input on specific planning cases (as determined by the three partner cities) and will have the ability to propose use scenarios for public land. All users can view suggestions made and respond to them.

The smarticipate platform creates a more direct connection between the local authority and its residents, allowing for public services to be tailored to those that are receiving them.

To see some theoretical depictions of how the smarticipate platform will work, read the Urban Stories.