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Sultan Cetin, Designer | Doctoral Researcher at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), posted

Digital Circular Economy: An Emerging Framework

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Researchers Sultan Cetin (TU Delft), Catherine De Wolf (ETH Zurich) and Nancy Bocken (Maastricht University), have developed a novel framework combining Circular Economy principles and life cycle stages of buildings, and mapped ten potentially enabling digital technologies.

These include:

  1. Additive/robotic manufacturing;
  2. Artificial intelligence;
  3. Big data and analytics;
  4. Blockchain technology;
  5. Building information modelling;
  6. Digital platforms/marketplaces;
  7. Digital twins;
  8. The geographical information system;
  9. Material passports/databanks;
  10. The internet of things.

Their framework can be used to create roadmaps or map your value network in your circular operations.
You can access their article freely.

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Negar Noori, Smart Cities Tech & Policy Researcher at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), posted

Transition from Smart to Inclusive city

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The primary objective of this research project is to enhance an understanding of the concept of inclusion and its criteria in Smart city discourse. The research ambition is applying the result as a tool for benchmarking inclusive smart cities, which can assess and improve them. To apply the result, we aim to work with cities like Amsterdam, The Hauge, and Rotterdam.

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Negar Noori, Smart Cities Tech & Policy Researcher at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), posted

Classifying Pathways for Smart City Development: Comparing Design, Governance and Implementation in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi

The emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) as the new paradigm of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and rapid changes in technology and urban needs urge cities around the world towards formulating smart city policies. Nevertheless, policy makers, city planners, and practitioners appear to have quite different expectations from what smart cities can offer them. This has led to the emergence of different types of smart cities and pathways of development. This research aims to answer the research question: When comparing a selection of smart city projects, can we classify pathways for their implementation? We do this by using a cross-case research design of four cities to explore commonalities and differences in development patterns. An input-output (IO) model of smart city development is used to retrieve which design variables are at play and lead to which output. The four cases pertain to the following smart city projects: Smart Dubai, Masdar City, Barcelona Smart City, and Amsterdam Smart City. Our analysis shows that Amsterdam is based on a business-driven approach that puts innovation at its core; for Masdar, technological optimism is the main essence of the pathway; social inclusion is the focus of Barcelona Smart City; and visionary ambitious leadership is the main driver for Smart Dubai. Based on these insights, a classification for smart city development pathways is established. The results of the present study are useful to academic researchers, smart city practitioners, and policy makers.

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Negar Noori, Smart Cities Tech & Policy Researcher at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), posted

Input-Output Modelling for Smart City Development

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While many national and local governments in the world these days are placing their bets on smart city development in countering challenges , few know exactly how to develop them in practice. A high and rising number of publications has appeared addressing the concept of ‘smart city’, but not many address implementation issues. This paper aims at a conceptual understanding of the smart city by describing its various facets and using them to develop an Input-Output model helping policy makers and analysts make reasoned design choices. Using this model allows policy-makers and analysts to further their conceptual understanding of smart cities, envisage design choices they will face during implementation and understand the effects of these choices. Finally, the model and design variables are illustrated by introducing the case of ‘Smart Dubai’. Overall this paper provides an enhanced understanding of the smart city development process which can be used as a support tool for decision making.

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Tharsis Teoh, Urban Freight Consultant at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), posted

Free MOOC on Sustainable Urban Freight Transport

Life in the city relies on the smooth operation of urban freight transport. But, we know there are a lot of issues associated with the activity, leading to often very unsustainable outcomes. If you're interested in sustainable transport, don't neglect looking at urban freight!

We have a free course on Sustainable Urban Freight Transport starting next week 4th December 2018. It is a collaboration between top universities around the world, and led by TU Delft. It provides you with a clear introduction to the world of city logistics. Hopefully, it will spark some innovation in thinking about integrating older practices with smart city initiatives and startups.

If you're interested, enroll at

Share this with your friends and colleagues. Enroll together and it will be more fun!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Silvia Polverini, PDEng at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), posted

Master thesis project

I would like to do my thesis about smart cities: how it is the best solution for every city and spread the idea everywhere.

I am at the end of my career as a engineer student and I am looking for a project that really interested me.

My studies cover all thr area around energy, sustainable technology. However the main skills that I'm shod are:

- design Zero Energy Building; - Analysis of the supply grid operator of small and medium-sized areas ;

- Design of electric vehicles with the most innovative technologies in today's market ;

- Waste material treatment and management.

I would like to be involved in a project in those areas to increase my knowledge and capability, because in the next years I would find myself as an active participant.

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Siebe Broersma, Researcher at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), posted

The City-zen Methodology Approach For Urban Energy Transitions

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European cities and municipalities have considerable goals in becoming carbon neutral and energy self-sufficient in line with the Paris Agreement. To be successful in reaching climate ambitions we must start now, but it is complex and easier said then done. It requires radical changes such as far-reaching energy renovations, specific approaches, new heating networks, large-scale production facilities for solar power, geothermal energy and green gas. This needs the attention and action of all stakeholders: companies, knowledge institutions, companies, housing corporations and citizens. The European research project City-zen an Urban Energy Transition Methodology is developed to draw an Energy Master Plan for a city. The plan, a roadmap, exists of several (practical and local oriented) energy interventions and measures, both at the technical and strategic level which can be put on a timeline. In this City-zen approach the roadmap with urban energy measures for Amsterdam and Grenoble is made in helping achieving their ambitious climate goals. With concrete examples for local neighbourhoods it explains the different scenarios that are necessary to reach ambitious climate and energy targets.

City-zen was an international consortium, a program stimulating learning-by-doing in Grenoble and Amsterdam between March 2014 and November 2019. The results can be found in a booklet or in detailed reports.

City-zen Smart City Flyer

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