Research Stories: Both a technological and a societal challenge

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Description

To create energy-neutral cities, we need to fundamentally change how we live in our cities. The City-zen Roadshow helps to understand that it is necessary to look at sustainability from both a technological and a societal perspective. The tenth Roadshow, organised in Amersfoort, once again shows how the project creates awareness by connecting citizens, legislators, and market players with students and experts.

City-zen is a major international project, funded by the EU as part of the Seventh Framework Programme. Over the past five years, the project has intended to create innovations that result in a reduction of CO2 emissions of 59.000 tonnes per year and future-proof infrastructure. The Roadshow element of City-zen has been developed at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of TU Delft. This collaboration with local authorities, citizens and market players opens up the hearts and minds of people to the necessary innovations proposed by City-zen. “Sustainability is a huge word. How do you get people to open up to new ideas on lifestyle and their city, their daily life? That is what the Roadshow is designed to do. We created a methodology to gain trust from people we do not yet know, but who are the ones who are using the city that our design team visits,” explains research leader Craig Martin.

Period1 Oct 2019 → 14 Nov 2019

Media coverage

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Media coverage

  • TitleAcademia meets reality: City-zen Roadshow visits Amersfoort
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletCity-zen Smart City
    Media typeWeb
    CountryNetherlands
    Date1/10/19
    DescriptionIn October 2019, the City-zen Roadshow visited Amersfoort. Invited by one of the city’s sustainable front-runners, Jo Pieters, the team really looked forward to working with stakeholders in this city known for its sustainability ambitions. The municipality of Amersfoort aims to be without waste and completely CO2-neutral in the next ten years and certainly has a focused group of stakeholders driving towards that goal. Most important outcome of the Roadshow? That the largest barrier is not a technical one, but a social one.
    Producer/AuthorCity-zen
    URLwww.cityzen-smartcity.eu/academia-meets-reality-city-zen-roadshow-visits-amersfoort/
    PersonsC.L. Martin

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Workshop

TitleCity-zen 'Amersfoort' Roadshow
LocationThe Archiefeemland, De Bibliotheek Eemland public library & Dorpshuis De Neng, community centre and local public library in Hoogland., Amersfoort, Netherlands
Period16 Oct 2019 → 18 Oct 2019
Linkwww.cityzen-smartcity.eu/academia-meets-reality-city-zen-roadshow-visits-amersfoort/

Keywords

  • Societal challenge
  • Energy-neutral cities
  • Technical challenges
  • Zero carbon neighborhoods
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Co-creative design
  • Sustainable communities
  • Societal impact