A new urban paradigm has emerged over the last decade: THE SMART CITY. The traditional concepts of living, working and leisure, characteristic of rationalist urban planning, have been joined by a series of increasingly complex issues that mean that the role of the city has to be defined in a new way. Sustainability, social cohesion, governance, innovation and resilience to environmental changes, among others, are the factors that make up the city in the Information Age.
The emergence and spread of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has led to a fundamental change in the contemporary city, making the range of values conferring full citizenship - THE RIGHT TO THE CITY - available to society. With these new challenges to society, the traditional professions (architects, geographers, engineers, sociologists, etc.) have to consider how to adapt to the changes that the city is undergoing, and how to work in a multidisciplinary framework in terms of planning and managing the complexity that characterises territory in the twenty-first century.
This postgraduate course arises from the evident need to prepare professionals linked to the planning and management of the city in terms of the innovation, participation, quality of life and sustainability that the ICTs can bring to the optimisation of urban processes. The course aims to train specialists to become qualified to deal with an improved and more efficient use of resources, and in the development of innovative management tools based on "smart processes" that will help expand and enhance the knowledge of professionals working in local government, planning and management of Smart Cities.
The course is supported by Barcelona City Council - a city that ranks as a world leader in Smart Cities. Sant Cugat Town Council is also involved as an example of a medium-sized town which is committed to technologies and efficiency in order to provide high quality services for its citizens. The course features renowned professionals and experts in the field of research such as the participation of Professor Rudolf Giffinger of the Vienna University of Technology, who is leading the European Smart Cities project and the Planning for Energy Efficient Cities (PLEEC) project.
It will contain highly practical sessions involving the collaboration and participation of institutions and companies including CISCO, INDRA, SEAT, TRAM, Bicing, Servei Català de Trànsit, AMB and Ecoparc Besos.
The primary objectives of the programme are:
- To empower multidisciplinary specialists to deal with planning and management of the city and the region in the Information Age.
- To foster intelligence in the city by means of new technologies, in order to achieve a more sustainable, efficient, competitive and socially inclusive city.
- To increase the human capital, culture and quality of life of citizens with greater social cohesion, and their involvement in decision making and the formation of an efficient, sustainable and transparent government.
Who is it for
- Professionals whose career is linked to regional planning.
- Specialists in the public sector (urban planning, technology and other departments).
- Professionals with higher or technical degrees (architects and engineers) graduates in Economics and Geography, environmentalists, planners etc.
- Professionals who wish to receive thorough training on all the theoretical and practical aspects related to smart cities despite not having a direct professional relationship with the content of the course.