Smart Sustainable Districts Webinar Series

Tuesday 17 October 2017: Citizen engagement in Smart Sustainable Districts projects

Cities worldwide are acknowledging the need to transform into sustainable and resilient communities, drawing up policy frameworks and targets. Such plans are best implemented into tangible infrastructure projects at the scale of districts. Active engagement and endorsement from citizens are crucial for successfully realising urban regeneration ambitions, climate action plans and implementation strategies. Hence planners and municipalities need to find ways to incorporate the knowledge, experiences and ambitions of citizens into the solution finding process. Based on experiences of transformation projects in various European districts, the Smart Sustainable Districts (SSD) network has successfully applied multiple citizen engagement solutions and strategies.

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Stakeholder and Citizen Engagement Tool (SCET), Jon Bloomfield, University of Birmingham

Experiences with citizen engagement tools applied in Berlin Moabit West – Nadine Kuhla-von Bergmann, SSD District Lead in Berlin-Moabit

 

Monday 18 September 2017: Attractive resilient districts

Integration of nature into urban developments is increasingly recognised as one of the leading ways in which cities can be made more attractive, sustainable and resilient. These nature-based or ‘blue-green’ solutions use urban water and green in a multi-functional way, which makes them much more effective than traditional single-function solutions. Climate-KIC, through its support for the Blue Green Dream project and the Smart-Sustainable Districts programme, has enabled the successful development and implementation of a systems approach to attractive sustainable, resilient and cost-effective urban development. Our approach enables districts to exploit the multi-functional potential of nature-based solutions in a systematic and quantitative manner. Importantly, our approach recognises that there are multiple stakeholders with different needs, and it caters for these by maximising the economic and societal benefits.

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Attractive resilient districts using blue green solutions – Frans van de Ven, Deltares and Maarten van Reeuwijk, Imperial College

Blue green solutions Utrecht – Jeanet Hekhuis, Municipality of Utrecht

 

Tuesday 23 May 2017: Data-driven district transformation

Data-driven district transformation is a proven approach in the Smart Sustainable Districts network. Urbanisation and climate change pose major challenges for cities worldwide. Districts are the most effective unit of scale at which to test integrated systems and infrastructure, and accelerate sustainability. Such area developments require integrated solutions that are often complex and based on significant volumes of data from a multitude of sources, but are faced with several data issues. It is a major challenge to combine different data types, exchange data, manage sources and harmonize information in such a way that integrated assessments and decisions can be made. Districts in Utrecht, Berlin, London and Paris have successfully integrated various data into a harmonized approach for sustainable urban transformation projects. 

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Smart District Data Infrastructure – Mandana Moshrefzadeh, TU Munich 

Moabit West Smart Sustainable District – Holger Prang, TU Berlin

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