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Smart Urbanism

Module 2: Smart Urbanism

Smart Urbanism is a key element in creating and maintaining a liveable and manageable urban environment. Smart Urbanism is very closely related to other components of the Smart City approach.
Development and urban planners need more integrative competence that enables them to manage and moderate more and more simultaneous and dynamic processes.
Students learn to understand the most important criteria of urban development, their interdependencies and the "leverage" instruments in order to realize the intended developments.
As well as assessing the specific situation and recognizing the potential to change things for the better.
You will also learn how to interact with other experts in smart development and perform moderate interactive planning processes.
They learn to outline the functions of urban demand (including technical and social infrastructure and housing) and the principles of zoning.



Learning Unit 2.1 The Smart City in a Smart Region

The implementation of smart solutions in cities is only possible and effective if it goes hand in hand with the sustainable development of the environment. The management of a 'Smart City' therefore requires the creation of a 'Smart Country'.
Students learn to understand the interdependencies between the development of cities and the natural, social and economic resources of their environment.
As well as the embedding in the environment as an essential success factor for a sustainable urban development to see.
They learn more about the development of concepts and measures to improve rural and regional living conditions.
You will learn to understand regional planning as a necessary counterpart to urban planning as well as benchmarking of existing and planned developments in the temporal and spatial context and the evaluation and conception of density and mix management of urban growth.

Learning Unit 2.2 Smart Urban Development Principles & Concepts

All Smart City components have an impact on urbanism and vice versa. Therefore, all experts need a basic understanding of the basic principles of urban structuring and creation or transformation of urban space.
Not only in technical and design terms, but also in terms of the political dimension of processes.
The students learn to understand and apply the most important driving forces of urban development:

-Urban structure:
Meaning & Identity
urban development principles
Center, Subcenter & Multi-Center Organization
Density / avoidance of urban sprawl
Mix of uses (e.g. residential, commercial, leisure, sports, social, cultural, etc.)

-Urban space:
Characteristics of urbanity
Hierarchy of space and orientation
Block structure versus single structures
principles of scaling - vertical versus horizontal structures
Neighbourhood principle
Public & private space
transformations of the traffic space
Use of the topography

-Urban policy and sustainability:
land policy
Public and private security measures
Urban Biosphere & Space Policy
Transformation from informal to formal urban structures
Growth and growth constraints

Learning Unit 2.3 Smart Social Infrastructure (Health, Education, Sports, Culture) Accommodation

Only with a good social infrastructure will the inhabitants of the cities become responsible and proactive citizens, who are not only technically supplied but also well educated and have access to health facilities as well as cultural, sports and entertainment offers. Intelligent solutions are based more on people's thinking than on technology.
Students learn to understand the needs of intelligent citizens in terms of health, education, culture and sport, to understand the interactions between smart citizens and smart governance, to develop the mandate for social infrastructure in cities as a whole and for specific districts.
To design framework concepts for affordable housing in harmony with mobility, urban density, mix of uses, participation of those affected

Learning Unit 2.4 Smart Town Planning: Processes and legal Basis

Even the best urban development solutions have a chance only if they are accompanied and supported by legal regulations, sanctioned by political authorities and the associated processes are professionally controlled. Existing structures must be improved and in many cases, legal framework conditions and competencies must first be created.
The students learn:
Overview of different planning approaches / systems and urban planning tools in different countries.
The hierarchy from regional to district planning as well as evaluation of local conditions and proposal of suitable methods, tools and procedures for specific situations in different environments.
You can assess which developments need to be controlled and planned in order to initiate developments that are as self-controlling as possible.
And learn to initiate'formal' development and how to overcome'informal' settlement / organisation.