The Things Network & City of Things, Part 2: Implications of IoT for City Making

Quite some people associate smart cities with a top-down technological approach where the mayor can control the town using a giant dashboard installed by some large IT-giant: less garbage there, more taxis here! But with the emergence of Internet of Things citizens can set up networks and sensors themselves in a bottom-up approach in order to save energy, optimise the use of resources, measure temperature and air pollution, to find a parking spot…

The question is how will such technologies (such as IoT) have an impact on the way we design and plan for buildings and cities. Intuitively we think that we are no longer dealing with some simple add-ons to homes or vehicles. Such systems will become deeply embedded in walls, in sewage systems, in the pavement of streets. They will distribute stored energy, allow people to collectively share buildings, spaces and vehicles, self-service food and drinks, and distribute your on-line purchases.

In the workshop we will explore new directions for the design of homes, public buildings and cities that Internet of Things can enable.

This is the second part of the combined workshop of The Things Network and City of Things.