In this episode of 'The City as Lab' we will explore the idea of the ‘bottom-up’ smart city, by engaging with and discussing the following conceptual oppositions: top-down versus bottom-up, numbers versus stories, and directors or managers versus citizens. A critical examination of these oppositions in a public debate will help to answer the question of: how can information play a role in finding more appropriate solutions to local urban challenges?
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Cities are increasingly represented in numbers, graphics, images, and charts. Some hold the belief that more information can lead to better decision-making and that data and digital and smart technologies could contribute to solving societal problems. However, what data or information could play such a role? What is the role of local knowledge and stories of professionals and inhabitants? How can we develop new more data-informed interfaces, solutions and interactions that are meaningful and relevant to the given local context? Adopting a bottom-up smart city approach using local knowledge seems to be a promising way forward.
The program consists of three short introductions from three different perspectives:
1. Civic Community (such as the development of the Buurtplatform)
2. Public domain (such as the use of data in city governance)
3. Science and research (such as the role of citizen data in the city).