European Union (SCIS) Interview with Prof. Dr. Craig Lee Martin. City-zen: Sustainability needs people who bring qualitative and quantitative together and reveal the latent potential of our cities and citizens.

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Interview by the Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) with Professor Craig Martin, the leader and developer of the City-zen Roadshow. The interview would ask about the approach, its aim, impact and experiences found in the cities the Roadshow has collaborated with.

The SCIS is a European Commission organized knowledge platform to exchange data, experience and know-how and to collaborate on the creation of smart cities, providing a high quality of life for its citizens in a clean, energy efficient and climate friendly urban environment. SCIS brings together project developers, cities, research institutions, industry, experts and citizens from across Europe.

Period8 Dec 2017

Media coverage

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Media coverage

  • TitleCity-zen: Sustainability needs people who bring qualitative and quantitative together and reveal the latent potential of our cities and citizens
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletEU Smart Cities Information System
    Media typeWeb
    CountryBelgium
    Date8/12/17
    DescriptionWhat are City-zen’s aims and what is your role in the project?
    City-zen aims to develop and demonstrate Zero Energy Cities. Over 20 City-zen partners work together to achieve this in variously scaled technological and societal ways. I’m responsible for the City-zen Roadshow, a highly mobile, compact, intensive, creative and friendly venture that firmly places citizens at the heart of this challenge.

    Tell us more about the Roadshow?
    The Roadshow began life as a powerful but over-simplistic idea. It has since developed into a fully achievable and proven methodology that meets city challenges head-on as we aim for carbon descent. Indeed, I call it the Roadshow Methodology - a co-creative urban scientific and design approach that empowers citizens to develop their own sustainable city agendas. The method evolves city-by-city as it travels to locations with differing climate, culture, economy, urban morphology and building typology.
    Producer/AuthorSmart Cities Information System (SCIS)
    URLsmartcities-infosystem.eu/newsroom/interview/craig-lee-martin-city-zen-sustainability-needs-people-who-bring-qualitative-and
    PersonsC.L. Martin

Media contributions

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Media contributions

  • Title“Context is king”: City-zen’s Craig Martin on how to achieve fossil fuel free cities
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media typeWeb
    CountryNetherlands
    Date8/12/17
    DescriptionOn the 8th of december smartcities-infosystem.eu (SCIS) published their interview with City-zen’s Craig Lee Martin (Delft University of Technology) on his roadshows for ‘on-site’ urban intensive workshops that collaborate with institutions and city stakeholders all over the world to propose vital and realizable sustainable City Visions:
    SCIS: At each stop of the Roadshow the City-zen team co-creates a sustainable City Vision together with the city and its citizens. What is your city vision?
    Craig Lee Martin: For me ‘In the Kingdom of Content, Context is King’. Over two decades in the field of architecture and urban design I can say this is true. Long-term sustainability needs the technological hardware and the creative knowhow of where to apply it (Content), but without contextual sensitivity and understanding it is soulless, disconnected and impersonal. Context is defined as locality, climate, lifestyle, accent, idiosyncrasies of place and people. My City Vision is the harmonious synergy of context and content.
    URLwww.cityzen-smartcity.eu/context-is-king-city-zens-craig-martin-on-how-to-achieve-fossil-free-cities/
    PersonsC.L. Martin

Keywords

  • Sustainable cities
  • Co-creative design
  • Carbon descent
  • Urban design
  • Societal challenges
  • Societal impact
  • Stakeholder engagement