BeSpatial / BeSmart Executive Forum profiles Dr. Sara Diamond

April 15, 2019 12:35 PM | Anonymous

6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future

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Successful future cities will combine a profound commitment to design and values driven solutions. These must combine qualitative tools that engage and mobilize residents and the many other stakeholders in our urban world, and quantitative methods. Data is a critical resource as we manage the complexity of cities. Urban informatics should support the many players in urban planning and service delivery, and allow meaningful responses to possible scenarios. Data tools are equally important for residents and visitors.

Data driven design can be applied to every urban challenge. For example, research shows that cultural activities create cohesion, enhance quality of life, reduce isolation and crime, and support retention of families and individuals. For these reasons, successful cities plan and evaluate distributed cultural offerings and expanded public realms by gathering intelligence about diverse communities’ needs, finding means to embed culture and cultural producers in neighbourhoods, and connect transportation planning to cultural hubs. In other data-driven studies, student post-secondary engagement and success has been correlated with access to transportation as well as affordable housing. While these are intuitive relationships, data provides the hard facts to support effective planning and service delivery for commuter student populations.

3:30 PM - 6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future                                               

Panelists: Andrea McKinney, Chief Digital Officer, City of Hamilton; Campbell Patterson, Founding Partner, CPL Communications; Chris Moore, CIO, Toronto Region CA; Dan Mathers, President & CEO, eleven-x and Dr. Sara Diamond, President & Vice Chancellor, OCAD University.  Moderator: Alan Mitchell, former Executive Director, Global Cities, KPMG. 

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