The Regional Science Academy will organize an Advanced Brainstorm Carrefour in Boston, Massachussetts, from the 11th to the 12th of November 2019.
“The City 2.0: smart People, Places, Planning” is the topic of the meeting, involving academic contributions from America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
The modern city is not an oasis of relaxation and social tranquillity, but an arena of socio-economic and political forces in which maximization of urban performance, sustainability, competitiveness and citizens’ satisfaction (‘happiness’ or ‘city love’) play a key role. Depending on local conditions in cities and priorities of stakeholders and inhabitants, the following policy domains or themes may be mentioned in the management and strategic development of a computable intelligent city, composed of decomposed, but interconnected microcosmic units:
1. Urban metabolism: circular economy, climate neutrality, bio-based economy, smart energy grids, etc., as a support for urban sustainability;
2. Smart virtual mobility: substitution or reduction of physical flows, virtual connectivity, cyber behaviour, ICT education etc., as a vehicle for environmentally-benigh mobility;
3. Cultural heritage and urban ambiance: e-tourism, tele-visits, electronic appreciation platforms (e.g., TripAdvisor, Foursquare, Twitter, Spotify), smart communication devices, digital information equipment etc., as a means for supporting urban culture;
4. Health and well-being: tele-medical services, urban happiness initiatives and research, cognitive and perceptional GIS (3-D/4-D) images, city gaming with target group, etc., as a contributor to human health;
5. Social and human capital: virtual interaction, cognitive communication, opinion formation, social mobilisation including political participation scenarios, digital training center, etc., as tools for a social network city.
The ABC will address the above challenging questions from a research and policy angle.
Further information about the content of the Advanced Brainstorm Carrefour can be found here.
The detailed program is also available in this link.
The event will take place at the Thomson Room of Barker Centre, at 12 Quincy St., Harvard University.
Photo: “Campus Photos” from Harvard University.