Smart urbanism

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Smart urbanism

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SMART URBANISM is a working methodology for enabling change and delivering complexity in our towns and cities. It could be termed ‘emergent’ urbanism, ‘open source’ or even ‘sustainable’ or ‘collaborative’ urbanism and certainly has the qualities of all.

Our mandate comes from the needs of:
• The ‘RESILIENT City’ that looks to wider social, economic and environmental concerns that good urban urbanism can address;
• The ‘TALENTED City’ where innovation, enterprise and social capital demand a more responsive urban fabric that we can programme over time; and
• The 'CIVIL City' that places greater


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SMART URBANISM is a working methodology for enabling change and delivering complexity in our towns and cities. It could be termed ‘emergent’ urbanism, ‘open source’ or even ‘sustainable’ or ‘collaborative’ urbanism and certainly has the qualities of all.

Our mandate comes from the needs of:
• The ‘RESILIENT City’ that looks to wider social, economic and environmental concerns that good urban urbanism can address;
• The ‘TALENTED City’ where innovation, enterprise and social capital demand a more responsive urban fabric that we can programme over time; and
• The 'CIVIL City' that places greater emphasis on enabling social interaction, neighbourhood dynamics and personal behaviours.

As such, it looks to a new top down discipline that is more ‘open’ to bottom up responses from a range of actors.

We BELIEVE that:
• The way we plan, design and deliver our towns and cities will not get us where we want to be.... despite our recent efforts to seek city competitiveness, stable communities and sustainable development;
• The way we DO, LEARN and INFLUENCE social, economic and environmental change will not get us to where we need to be…..often as we don’t join these activities up effectively;
• The way we organise activities around single disciplines, specialisms and interest groups will never address the challenge of sustainable urban living .... characterised as it is by systematic and cross-disciplinary needs;
• We need new thinking, values, metrics and exemplars that will give us the framework to accelerate change; and,
• We need a common language to break down the silos of professional thinking and practice.

Our MISSION is simple and useful:
• to make a big difference quickly
• to be very relevant to the rapidly changing agenda
• to become a hothouse for creative difference makers
• to be open, inclusive and make the vital connections
• to work closely with different partners and innovators to develop and apply real solutions

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