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Smart Planning needs Smarter Thinking… and a lot of courage

Reflections of our first experiments in using Smart Technologies at the service of planning

Smart Planning needs Smarter Thinking… and a lot of courage

 

Reflections of our first experiments in using Smart Technologies at the service of planning

 

The last few months have been a test. A test of spirit – just as much as a test of ideas. In previous posts, there was the outline of ideas and concepts about Smart Planning: on one hand the possibility of having dynamic forms of planning, and on the other the potential to open up a different style of dialogue with citizens, in which city-making is not in the hands of experts and technocrats: it emerges from the social and political arenas.

 

The theory is good. The practice is a challenge.

WILL CITIZEN TO CITIZEN PLANNING REPLACE 'PARTICIPATION’?

Why not experiment with C2C plan making?

WILL CITIZEN TO CITIZEN PLANNING REPLACE 'PARTICIPATION’?

We should perhaps stop trying to engage people through a failing representative system in a bureaucratic and often incomprehensible process like Local Plan production.

Should we not instead try to capture initiatives that actually people are interested in, and use them as a foundation for planning? This way, people lead with their interests, and we follow with the system and translate into planning form.

 

CAN SMART PLANNING ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF THEIR CITIES?

Incomprehensible plans will never attract people and deliver any @public good'

CAN SMART PLANNING ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF THEIR CITIES?

I would love to feel I can shape the future of my city – but surely this cannot be through one-off intensive meetings every 5-6 years followed by silence or through neighbourhood get-togethers for several years to just have a chance to influence our local streets and houses. I would want more! 

I would like to know that my city is moving forward, and will be the right place for me and my children in future. … I would like to be proud…