Moving in the Digital Era. Innovative Mobility for Responsive Urban Spaces

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The expression "smart city” is a recurring theme in so many different fields that it risks taking on lackluster meaning. Technologies are becoming more and more pervasive in the urban environment and are thus initiating new concepts of community, social communication, digital collaboration and networking (Greenfield 2006). In this context it seems possible to subvert traditional habits by applying a bottom-up approach to design and allowing citizens to be active in the improvement of urban life (Resch et al. 2012). Thus understood, digital technologies trigger a constructive and innovative dialog among citizens, administrations and urban environment resulting in “smart” ways of sharing knowledge (Buscher et al. 2009).
The collaborative patterns instigated by these technologies can also be applied to the manufacturing sector where, more and more often, it is possible to hear talk of processes that were pejoratively associated with of the crafts field of the past until recently: self-production and limited series etc. In this context, the application of new technologies by various actors (ranging from small start-ups to well-framed enterprises) can lead to cooperation and innovative new ideas, while still supporting the region in which they are located.
These approaches are particularly important in times of crisis and can also help redefine manufacturing standards and supply effective interpretations in ways relevant to contemporary urban issues such as mobility. The research documented here intends to introduce a transdisciplinary overview of good practices within both the manufacturing and urban fields. It looks at contemporary trends and innovative approaches for designing commuter vehicles and suggests a framework for mobility capable of fully responding to the needs of the cities of tomorrow.
Period3 Apr 2014
Event titleThe Mediated City Conference: Smart Cities-Political Cities
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational