PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN CITY DESIGN
Today close to two thirds of world population live in cities or suburbanized areas. There, they are faced with numerous problems, such as overpopulation, lack of green areas, excessive and unsustainable use of cars, inadequate public transport… Furthermore, they are fighting global challenges as economic crisis and climate change – to solve these challenges, cities will have to come out with better energy efficiency and effective transport solutions through the intelligent use of modern information and telecommunication technologies (ICT).
All of this can be achieved with better planning and active involvement of stakeholders in the process of decision-making and urban management. The use of contemporary ICT tools can improve participation in the city making process. That could help create sustainable, user-friendly cities, that are based on mixed land use, walkable cities and smart and well organised public transport.
Our goal in the project is to explore the forms and possibilities of interactive public participation, such as e-Democracy, 3D models, different interactive web tools and other kinds of presentations of actual projects and communication with public audience.
We will perform a case study of importance of public awareness and information in designing cites in a smarter way. We will also explore, if it is possible to contribute to renovation urban public places and improve their use with public participation and promoting commmunity building.
The same set of problems is occuring in all cities in the meetropolies, big urban areas as well as in the medum and small sized cities (SMSC) . We will focus our attention on SMSC,because the importance of high level of quality of life remains the same regardless the size of the city. At the same time it is interesting for wider Europe, where urban networks of numerous european countries are formed from medium and small sized cities.