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Knowledge Alliance for Advanced Urbanism
Start date: Nov 1, 2015, End date: Oct 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

European cities are becoming living laboratories where industries carry on pilot projects to experiment new devices, all kind of sensors and online information and communication systems. The involvement of universities and research centres in this process is still limited. The increasing availability of data that comes from city sensors, creates new opportunities not just for monitoring and management, it will also radically change the way we may describe, understand and design cities, challenging many fundamental assumptions of the city design and planning professions. For this reason, our Consortium wants to build a Knowledge Alliance for Advanced Urbanism (KAAU) to promote the innovative education and training that emerging technologies require.We understand “Advanced Urbanism” as the sensitive integration of ICT in cities, taking in consideration cultural heritage, environmental and social dimension issues. “Advanced Urbanism” is about designing and planning processes –instead of just concrete artefacts, linking citizens, business and government into sustainable urban business cultures. “Advanced Urbanism” requires changing traditional design and planning practices towards more open, collaborative and interdisciplinary practices. KAAU will develop an educational and training platform in partnership with HEI and well-established industrial partners and companies. The objective of this platform is to offer participants the possibility to engage in a semi-professional environment, and develop projects with the support and expertise of individuals and institutions that are commercially involved in their field of expertise. In that manner, it provides a potential jumping platform into future professional opportunities, while offering companies a fresh R+D environment where to propose new design challenges and applications.
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