About Smart Cities TU/e

Cities, civil societies and citizens all over the world are changing rapidly, fundamentally and disruptively in at least three ways. Societal transitions reshape city-life itself beyond recognition. Billions of people all over the world move to the city and wider metropolitan city-regions.

Urban economies shift from the old economies of industry and service in the new ones of knowledge, creativity and experience. Their demography and cultural make up changes fundamentally: aging, migration but also international mobility of the new creative classes and knowledge workers have significant impact. New smart urban technologies like e-mobility and de-central energy systems reshape the public infrastructure of the city.

Cities are no longer shaped by institutions alone but increasingly by the citizens and stakeholders themselves. The triple helix of government, knowledge institutions and entrepreneurs are extended to the quadruple helix with active citizen participation. Governance following top-down pre-decided policy plans gives way to evolutionary bottom-up co-creation tuning adaptively in on new developments and chances. All initiatives seek an answer to the question:

How to best design and adapt cities into smart, intelligent and sustainable environments where quality of life is high?