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Tools for Citizen Engagement in Urban Planning

Book Contribution - Chapter

Engaging citizens in urban planning has the potential to generate effective ideas to reinvent our cities. Particularly, designing easy to grasp and effective tools for co-creating meaningful urban spaces remains a significant challenge and an emerging need. Such tools that can involve the community in an intelligent manner are in strong demand. It is, however, required to design, develop, and implement well-executed engagement tools that open the horizons of evaluating and responding to urban-related problems while involving city councils, architects, ICT developers, and urban planners. In this chapter, a framework aiming to investigate future forms of citizen involvement within urban planning activities is prefigured. It addresses the research aim to present and discuss technology-driven civic engagement in the planning process via a toolset and the outcomes of a market study for this tool. Furthermore, it identifies and discusses the gaps between four main existing groups of urban planning software; physical planning tools, physical/civic engagement tools, civic scenario planner tools, and data analysis methods and how to bridge these gaps. In addition to these, it highlights the potential of such urban planning participatory tools to generate possible socioeconomic impacts and concludes by assessing (1) the degree to which the technology creates an inclusive environment to exchange and implement urban planning related ideas and (2) the extent to which such tools could lead to an integrated and coherent engaging method for citizen engagement.
Book: Holistic Approach for Decision Making Towards Designing Smart Cities
Pages: 115 - 145
Number of pages: 31