22nd Karlsruhe Dialogues - Speakers
This is the Century of the Cities – the Horizontal World
Rob van Gijzel
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1. What do you consider to be an ‘intelligent’ city?
I see an intelligent city as an inclusive city, working together in co-creation to solve ‘the grand challenges’ cities are facing (sustainability, mobility, energy, health, etc.), based on the principal of humanised technology (technology is to be for the benefit of people and not the other way around).
2. In your opinion, what are the most urgent problems that have to be solved on the way to intelligent cities?
The most urgent problem is the toolkit we normally use for regulating our society being completely outdated. Legislation is always reflecting the past, and doing so, it is blocking the future. There is no room for experiments and in our culture, there is no room for failure. How can we discover the future?
3. What are, in your opinion, the most exceptional chances arising with the change towards smart cities?
The traditional vertical world must step aside and give space to the horizontal world of the Spanish sociologist Manuel Castells. A world, interdisciplinary, inclusive, and working in co-creating (triple/multiple-helix) to improve the quality of life by using new technologies, technologies that serve people and do not dictate them.