Digitalisation and decarbonisation
As of today our society finds itself in a period of change that affects all areas of life. Digitalisation, Internet of Things, Blockchain, artificial Intelligence are all keywords that accompany this process. A process that is further intensified by climate change and the necessary C02 reductions, which undeniably have to be made.
Digitalisation and decarbonisation are THE trends that will set the tone for a long time. Their Effects will increasingly be felt where we call ourselves at home: in our personal environment, in our urban surroundings.
It is important to integrate the various demands and expectations as comprehensively as possible into future-oriented solutions for the urban area.
There is a need to create a public exchange space in order to find alternative scenarios in common discourse to develop, find worthwhile solutions and implement them.
The initiative "Urban City Lab" was created more than a year ago on the basis of this claim. It is strongly supported by municipalities, politicians, scientists, the media industry and cultural professionals. Well-known representatives from these areas have promised their active participation. It turns out that the idea of the Urban City Lab meets a strong need and generates great demand.
Under the umbrella of the Urban City Lab (UCL) brand, we will pave the way for a digitized and emission-free future of urban areas. For this, UCL unites all relevant stakeholders such as affected residents, industry executives of science, politics and the media, established companies from relevant industrial fields as well as innovative thinkers.
UCL initiates comprehensive networking, promotes interdisciplinary exchange, utilises the knowledge gained from it and realizes concrete projects.
UCL devotes all of ist efforts evermore on the basis of the social aspect in times of rapid technical change.
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Liveable, sustainable neighbourhoods.
The fact that serious renewals are required in times of rapidly growing urban spaces is obvious: neighbourhoods suffer from traffic jams and exhaust fumes, lifeless parking areas block potential recreational areas, and growing e-commerce is changing the inner-city landscape forever. Energy is wasted continuously and evermore square footage of urban real estate is less living space than coveted speculation object. A further continuing is not acceptable.
Already, there are many concepts and solutions for future-oriented applications in urban areas. New forms of mobility, vertical-farming, green city-centres, inner-city working structures, energy-optimized smarthomes and intelligent household technologies are all no longer utopian ideas, but feasible and applicable realities.
Unfortunately, there is also a lack of public awareness of those existing opportunities. There is a lack of urgent networking among all parties involved in the implementation. Sustainable, innovative and liveable city quarters can only be created if you think of the desired result together, with all those involved. Instead, silo thinking and economic egoism prevail. And the affected citizen hardly has a perceptible voice that can and will be heard.
The following videos were recorded during the UCL Conference 2018.
Jacob van Rijs,
Engie Deutschland GmbH