The smartest city center in the Netherlands
This spring, a new election is set up: which municipality has the smartest city center in the Netherlands? Initiator of this election is Smart Data City, a consortium of cooperating institutions. They have asked me to join as a member of the jury and as such judge the visions and…
Anna-Kaisa Ikonen: “It is easy to develop smart solutions, but it takes time to change people.”
interview with Anna-Kaisa Ikonen, Mayor of the City of Tampere (Finland) What is a Smart City in your opinion, and what city is in your opinion the best Smart City in the world? In my opinion Smart City is not just a city of smart technological applications. Of course they…
Smart Cities? What are we ignoring?
A lot of Smart Cities’ events are taking place around the world. Some filled with content and others only to assure major corporations and brands a stage. This theme is ever so more attractive and nobody seems to want to be left out. Yet, there is some mistrust towards Smart…
Peter White: “We need holistic solutions for cities, developed and delivered through collaboration”
Peter White is Chief Operating Officer for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). He is one of the keynote speakers at the Smart City Event 2015 in Amsterdam. In this interview we talked about his view on smarter cities and the recent projects of the WBCSD. What is…
Anna Lisa Boni: “Involving citizens is central to a successful smart city”
Interview with Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general of EUROCITIES She is one of the keynote speakers at the Smart City Event in Amsterdam in june 2015 What is a Smart City in your opinion? And what city is in your opinion the best Smart City in the world? The term…
The city no longer exists… long live the city!
Dear urbanists, urban planners, traffic planners, architects and others, Our work is done. Recently Google Maps does not show the same things to everyone. The uncrowned world leader in digital mapping breaks the tradition to display the city on a universal manner. Since everybody is unique, Google now shows your…
Smart = technology + sustainability + new economics
Smart is hot. Everyone wants to be a part of it. The consequence of this is that everything is called smart. Who can still see the forest for the trees? If you look back, you’ll notice that throughout history technology has played its part as a blower for cities and…
The truth about smart cities? ‘In the end, they will destroy democracy’?
The Guardian stated this in a review about smart cities in december of last year. In this article, the author Steven Poole is reserved about the way technology in cities is developing. The common fear that the author refers to, is that large compagnies are about to take over the city. One…