|City 2.0 is an online platform designed to allow individuals and
organisations to collaborate in imagining the city of the future. The
idea was that by putting the kinds of tools usually only accessible by
city planners into the hands of citizens everywhere, innovative new
ideas would emerge around transportation, energy, public space, housing
and law, giving people a chance to build their own vision of a smarter
city in collaboration with others from their area.
Ideas generated via this online platform are now making their way into
the real world, as a new planned city in Portugal called PlanIT Valley
will be built entirely on ideas generated through the City 2.0 platform.
Located near Porto the city will house up to 225,000 inhabitants by
2015. The idea here is that when you start with a blank canvas rather
than an organically growing city, with its various demands - you can
build the innovation in from the ground floor, avoiding the urban
planning mistakes of yesteryear.
A collaboration between a company called Living PlanIt and the Portuguese
government, the planned city will make extensive use of smart sensors.
These sensors will work together to combine intelligent buildings with
connected vehicles, providing the citizens of PlanIt Valley with an
unprecedented level of info about their built environment. The key word
here is efficiency - from optimum control of peak electricity demand to
adapted traffic management, to real-time information about open parking
places in the vicinity of your next appointment. These sensors will even
be able to adjust the timing of traffic lights when emergency vehicles
need to get through.
The finished city is intended to serve as both a living laboratory for
partner companies and an incubator for tech start-ups. Companies will be
able to use PlanIt Valley to investigate collaborative potentials with
Living PlanIt, then replicate that approach in other locations.