Smart Public Space

Public Space & the Smart City

Much has been made of the smart city’s potential to improve technical coordination and efficiency. But where do people fit into this brave new world and how can they be engaged to to shape and take ownership of the public realm? Public space leaders Gehl Architects think Montreal is on the right track. In an optimistic article, they detail the City’s digital/physical Faire Montreal (Make Montreal) initiative to engage residents on 180 tangible projects, including everything from spaces for co-creation to community gardens. A city that uses technology to harness its residents’ creativity, could this be a model for other cities to follow?

Mitchell Reardon

Mitchell Reardon is the TH!NK by IBI blog curator, a land use planner and urban experimenter. His interdisciplinary work centres on people and how they live, work and move through the city. Mitchell is enjoying life in Vancouver, after 6 years of living and working in Stockholm, Sweden. Catch up with him on Twitter: @MitchellReardon

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