The governance of the responsive city encourages and enforces transparent and timely responses from the operational to the strategic level. This is made possible by taking advantage of new and abundant forms of data, new ways of exploiting former unfit data repositories, new sensing technologies, and new possibilities for interaction among people, communities and their physical environments. It builds on advances in citizen engagement, cyber-civil infrastructure and computing methods that focus on interpretation of sensor data, modelling uncertainty, probabilities and identifying unknown dependencies.
But most importantly, it uses these technological advances to help citizens, communities and authorities understand the functioning of cities and the consequences of different planning options. By doing so, a responsive city is able to grow and adapt to changing needs and circumstances in ways that are environmentally sustainable and in the interests of all residents.
This scenario will systematically explore the practical potential of responsive cities. It will provide answers to questions regarding the impact on society, and it will offer design solutions towards building responsive future cities. This is done based on experiences with smart cities, harnessing the power of information technology to support an integrated transdisciplinary planning approach that engages the large scale and complexity of future city systems.
The scenario brings together expertise in urban design and planning, computer science, engineering, behavioural science and transport planning, to analyse distinctive forms and quantities of data relevant to the flows and fabric of future cities. Insights from urban psychology open human-environment dimensions that are central to expand the responsive, interactive and participatory possibilities of information technology.
The Responsive Cities scenario consists of five projects: