EU Pact of Amsterdam: what will change for cities?
On May 30 the European Ministers responsible for city policy will sign the Pact of Amsterdam. This is the establishment of the European Urban Agenda. What will be the effect on cities? The EU focuses more and more on quality of life in cities and on what European citizens want. Nowadays,…
Rip. Mix. Build. Digitale disruptie & de stadDigitale platforms maken in toenemende mate nieuwe maatschappelijke concepten mogelijk die effect gaan hebben alle aspecten van de stad; van op de manier waarop we winkelen, werken, onderwijs volgen als ook hoe we energie en mobiliteit organiseren. Het is juist de combinatie van technologische en sociale innovatie die digitale platformen...
Smart Energy = sustainable generation, durable storage and smart distribution
There’s a lot of focus now on climate and energy, because of the Paris meetings. It also has its impact on (smart) cities: by keeping their ‘energy-households’ under a healthy focus, cities can become durably smarter. When watching all the data and graphs on this subject, it shows that about…
I left a piece of my heart in YinChuanAlthough the wind of pragmatism from American cities is but poorly digested, I am flooded with the prosperous and strong will of the Chinese. I do not care for policy, nor geostrategic, but rather I absorb feelings and communicate emotions. Or at least I try; but it's becoming ever more...
The digital city is continuously growing
12 September 1969: a team of the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) is the first to connect two machines with ARPAnet: one on UCLA and one on the Stanford-university in Palo Alto. Few people know that’s the day the internet was invented. Almost 50 years ago. But it…
The definition of ”smart”
A blog on what ‘smart’ is. Exploring smartness is inevitable as concepts like ‘smart city’ take hold, as panacea it often seems. The more we know the easier it is to find the right approach to what currently seem intractable problems. Such is the assumption. In this atmosphere wisely defining…
The exponential city: ‘just push update’
Looking at the large new and successful players in the digital economy, such as Uber and Airbnb, it is not so much their new technology that changes the game, but moreover the ability to connect supply and demand using these technologies: digital platforms. Starting as a trade market for goods…
Smart Cities, Smart Destiny
5 years ago Amsterdam launched an event dedicated to Smart Cities. The theme was starting to blossom in big cities and none wanted to be left out. I have participated in four of the five Smart City Event editions, becoming a regular collaborator in the blog and platform that was…