Workshop Challenge 1: Developing Liveable Cities

7 April - 2-5pm

What does a more liveable, smarter and more human city look like? How can we create better places for people and the planet? How do we make cities inviting places for families with children,  the elderly and the marginalised? How can a city enable a good quality of life? What do people value?  Do the needs of people change over the life course?   

This challenge will address examine and discuss the current stage of knowledge on urban liveability and explore the best ways to make our cities better places to live in.

Speakers

  • Professor Kevin M. Leyden National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Giulia Vallone Municipal Architect, Cork County Council
  • Dries Gysels Living Streets
  • Dick Gleeson Dublin City Planner, Dublin City Council
  • Sara Santos Cruz CITTA - Research Centre for the Territory, Transports and Environment Division , University of Porto
  • Hana Drdla Sustainability Consultant

Workshop Challenge 2: Connecting People with their Government

7 April - 2-5pm

At the heart of this workshop is the challenge of considering how citizens can build confidence and know-how in collaborating and partnering with their City Councils. Polarization exists between people and their government. There are many inhibitors and barriers to top-down and bottom-up working well together. The challenge is to facilitate ways in which citizens can help shape their cities. This will require a radical change in mind-set. Creating generous opportunity for open conversation about the City is also important. There is the challenge of scale, relating the imagination of the citizen to the scale of the neighborhood, the city and the planet. There is also the challenge of sectors, building a relational type thinking which can integrate economic, cultural, social, and environmental spheres.

This workshop addresses these challenges from the starting point of considering the values driving City Governance, and whether this is positive about drawing in the creative energy of citizens. It considers the key area of infrastructure in relation to the resourcing and organization of top down systems and bottom up initiatives and looks at the institutional landscape from the bottom-up perspective. The workshop addresses the key question of the evidence base for decision-making and the challenge of citizen research. In developing plans, policies, and moving forward projects, a City Council relies on an evidence base, often provided by a limited number of inner-circle partner/stakeholders. In order to break into this culture, the citizen will have to develop skills in area based research, and turning local stories into qualitative and quantitative data.
Key words for the Workshop to consider from the citizen perspective include; Communicating, Connecting, Collaborating, Changing, Controlling

Speakers

  • Zvi Weinstein Tel Aviv University & Israel Smart Cities Institute
  • Dr. Katarina Kristianova Institute of Urban Design and Planning
, Slovak University of Technology
  • Vlatko Korobar Tel Aviv University, Israel Smart Cities Institute
  • Guilherme Serodio CEO at CoRe - Consumer Revolution
  • Guy Janssen Co-Director at moja global
  • Dimitri Lemaire Founder of PARTICITIZ
  • Dimitra Xidous TrinityHaus
  • Tom Grey TrinityHaus
  • Rosie Webb Limerick City and County Council

Workshop Challenge 3: Towards Wiser Cities - Using Small Evidence and Big Data

7 April - 2-5pm

The availability of big data is now fundamental to efficient city governance systems, and is a   central to the evolving ‘smart city’ concept. The complex technical dimensions has emphasised a focus on ICT/Technology/Sensor innovation, rather than exploring how data can best serve human needs. The need for top-down systems efficiency, neglects the importance of qualitative and small data when it comes to measuring citizen well-being, participation and engagement.  

A consequence of this narrow framing of data culture is that citizens are increasingly detached  and alienated from an appreciation of data production and its positive application. At the same time, we need valid data to move from concepts to measurable actions. Data is key to evidence-based participatory urban planning, setting and evaluating metrics on real engagement and real impact through collaboration.  

The workshop will consider to move from concepts of ‘smart’ big data to the idea of ‘wise’ data. It will explore citizen-centric approaches to setting metrics and indicators, inclusive methods of data collection and the use of qualitative and anecdotal data for better urban planning.

Speakers

  • Professor Mark Dyer Dean of Engineering at University of Waikato and Chair of EU COST Action People Friendly Cities in a Data Rich World
  • Professor Allan Gross  Professor in Engineering Mathematical Modelling. Department for Business Development and Technology, Aarhus University
  • Wietse Van Ransbeeck Co-founder and CEO, CitizenLab
  • Bart Rosseau Chief Data Officer, City of Ghent
  • Dov Winer CEO, MAKASH Advancing ICT Applications / MINERVA Israel
  • Ina Šuklje Erjavec Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Chiara Certomà Director of Research Institute on Territory and Environment "Leonardo"
  • Benita Lipps Executive Director of DaVinci Institute Brussels

Workshop Challenge 4: Participation: How to Engage and Involve a Diversity of Citizens In Urban Planning

7 April - 2-5pm

We can all be excluded in urban planning. Who are the most marginalized citizens? How can we ensure that the needs and perspectives of all citizens are considered? How can we include human diversity; represented by age, gender, sexual orientation, functional and cognitive ability, ethnicity and culture in city making processes? What are the most effective tools and methods of engaging and involving a wider range of citizens?  How to enable people to influence decision processes, urban design and planning choices to ensure more people-friendly, inclusive and sustainable cities?

This session will discuss and present a selection of tried and tested practical tools, methods, initiatives as well as successful live examples.

Speakers

  • Jim Segers City Mine(d)
  • John Zib Social Entrepreneur, Urban Media Specialist
  • Tom Vavik Professor at Institute of Design at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
  • Edeltraud Haselsteiner
  • Irit Solzi D.Gershon Urban Architects & Movement for Israeli Urbanism
  • Silvia Rossetti University of Brescia
  • Michela Tiboni University of Brescia & Municipality of Brescia
  • Giulia Marra Politecnico di Milano-Labsus & DAStU
  • Carolina Vasilikou School of Architecture, University of Reading 
  • Onny Eikhaug Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture - Innovation for All