Smart energy production

This movie on Smart energy production in the new town of Almere promotes the development of community driven energy production. It is part of a quintet of strategies for Smart City Almere which could turn Almere into an independent city with a vibrant urban economy. With this it will create conditions for 100.000 jobs to flourish. To do this the city adopts a new attitude towards planning and will liberate itself from a culture of control by creating conditions for others to do the job.

The movie on Smart energy production was part of ‘Almere’s Liberation’, one of the projects which was on show at the last Architecture Biënnale in Rotterdam. These ‘five liberations’ have been published on the internet today. The concepts and the movie are made by Zandbelt&vandenBerg, architecture and urban design and commissioned by the International Architecture Biënnale Rotterdam, Atelier Making Projects.

Have a look at for the other Smart City strategies for Almere


Smart Cities

Last week the exhibition ‘Smart Cities’ at the Architecture Biënnale in Rotterdam closed. This exhibition curated by five Dutch Academies for Archtitecture in the Netherlands formulated Smart Cities as follows:

In a truly intelligent city technology is a simply a tool, one of several that can be used to create a successful city. Really Smart Cities emphasise:

Smart economy: reinforcing economic connections within the city and with the region; Smart connections: are intelligent about mobility and ICT;                                                  Smart environments: making optimal use of natural resources and respecting the climate;                                                                                                                                Smart people: making the most of human capital;                                                              Smart living: improving liveability and quality of life;                                                            Smart coalitions: encouraging smart coalitions between citizens, government and institutions.

Are these elements interacted successfully and do they interact with current economic social and spatial conditions? This interaction is essential in creating a smart city. What new opportunities open up for cities if architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture are able to integrate other disciplines. Smart Cities generate more jobs and are cleaner, more flexible, more efficient and safer. Smart Cities are the key to a sustainable world in a spatial, social and economic sense.