Is the city as we know it today deeply changing when transformed into a smart city? And if so, then in which ways make it visually comprehensible? A very positive or very negative answer would sound a dangerous claim: for sure, the insertion of information and communication technologies is a process that did not exist at all some decades ago, and the same stands for spin-off or the production of new services as a new way of thinking about work and living. Currently, many scholars, organizations, corporations or large global cities, all praise the contribution of Web O2 and ICT to the better management and functioning of cities. Financially at least, these evolutions have opened a new world of possibilities, collaborations and problem-solving strategies towards the problematic of cities. The European Union and other international institutions and think tanks believe in a wired, ICT- driven form of development. Whole new districts are created to serve the ICT evolution, and new means of digital ‘zoning’ is changing the conception of the traditional urban tissue. Still, if the dynamics that stand for this new technological era can offer an alternative way of perceiving the built environment of the cities is not an easy question to answer.
The overall exploration of Avrions stands exactly in this ambiguity. It brings to the table the way the smart city seems to offer a possibility of discussing the city’s future but above all the future citizens. It explores the skills and competences people should slowly acquire to be competitive in a near technological future, and all the ways people may emerge as global citizens, participants in the very dynamic sector: Smart Cities. As such, Avrions addresses the shortage of perception, understanding and participation in the field, and helps people to engage and learn about the smart city by training them to apply the #avrions approach: “raising awareness“, “strategies to motivate & include citizens“, “capacity building“, and “development and operations” phases. This will allow cities to connect, protect, & enhance the lives of their citizens via digital technology.
Avrions strategy is to describe current projects from different cities, and universities, the opinions, and visions of contemporary smart city thinkers considering these realities as a major and unexploited deposit of ideas for innovation. Get involved here
→ Interviewing smart city experts. Avrions highlight their progress, ideas, & projects and reveal what technology means for each one of them.
→ Presenting smart city projects and news at a global scale to inspire any ongoing scholar, stakeholder or interesting part.
→ Explaining smart city techniques to include any citizen.
→ Developing research projects, master classes and workshops on the smart city know-how.
→ Developing concepts of transnational cooperation, networking and free sharing of information in order to facilitate the distribution of information.
The goal of the project is to cover at least 30 countries across all Continents, with more than one testimony in each one AND CREATE METHODOLOGIES THAT CAN BE REPLICATED EVERYWHERE.