Smart Cities

Learning from Barcelona and Madrid

The third generation of Smart Swedish Cities

Funder: J. Gust. Richert stiftelse
Time: 2022–2023

Strong citizen and actor participation in urban planning and urban transformation processes are promoted in international and local policy. A main argument is that the complexity of cities cannot be managed through linear and top-down processes or by individual actors and organizations. Although technology-driven (Smart City 1.0) and policy-driven (Smart City 2.0) initiatives can improve city life, it is citizens’ and other actors’ IT-supported co-creation (Smart City 3.0) that can give momentum to positive change of cities. The purpose of this project is to investigate how initiatives in the direction of Smart City 3.0 can be developed and supported among Swedish public, private and civil society actors by learning from two European cities: Barcelona and Madrid. Guidelines will be developed for how Swedish actors in effective and relevant ways can engage in Smart City 3.0 initiatives, and these guidelines will be evaluated through a workshop in which a broad group of Swedish actors participate: municipal officials, consultants in architecture and community planning, service developers, civil society and researchers. The lessons learned from the case studies in Spain are important as both Barcelona and Madrid are at the forefront of broad digital participation in urban development processes. The results of the project will be summarized in a short report in Swedish.