Research group at imec & Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Urban Planning and design ready for 2030

Project Description

UP2030 aims to guide cities through the socio-technical transitions required to meet their climate neutrality ambitions. It will do so by enabling a quantum leap from a ´business as usual´, project-by-project decarbonisation approach to a vision-driven, strategy-based approach that is anchored on sound projects and renewed policy development. The approach uses urban planning and design as a vehicle to create better connected, more compact, net-zero neighbourhoods in the city pilots – i.e. neighbourhoods that promote liveability and, through designing with intent, promote mitigation action.

The role of SMIT

SMIT’s role in the project is to develop, test and validate citizen engagement state-of-the-art methods and digital tools,  to support better decision-making on spatial solutions. More specifically, our main contribution will be the co-development of ‘Neutrality Story Maps’ which are map-based stories by citizens on the topic of climate change and climate transitions in the city. Neutrality Story Maps will generate informative and intimate accounts of citizens’ lived experiences, insights, ideas, reflections, sensations and thoughts that would otherwise remain unrevealed and unharnessed. Based on the concepts of digital storytelling, Neutrality Story Maps allow the sharing of experiences, issues, concerns, hopes and needs regarding climate and sustainability in the city through a narrative format.