In the field of participation and quality of public space, the main challenge that Krakow faced during the work on the project ” SMART_KOM strategy – a roadmap for smart solutions in Krakow Metropolitan Area” was related to the necessity of forming and supporting NBSM cross-sectoral cooperation (referring to Science-Business-Residents-Local Government). The cooperation concerns development of the city, a universal application of deliberative participation principles and identification of the potential of the existing public spaces. It is important to provide these activities with real benefits which can be fully used by the local communities, as well as to develop local active centres.
Smart city should be open to its inhabitants, encourage their activity, make use of their creativity, and this is precisely the role of a territorial self-government and its institutions. In that context Smart City or Smart Metropolis is a space of high quality of life, allowing its users everyday functioning in good health condition, within a network of friendly social relationships, with universal and constant sense of security and full access to cultural, educational and social infrastructure.
It should offer a citizen space for satisfactory leisure, through availability of the so-called microparks, possibility of cultivating municipal horticulture or participation in ecological fairs. It is a city which is friendly for its senior citizens and offers them space for residence adjusted to their needs and possibilities.
The main challenges for Krakow (and most big cities) are:
- Improving the quality of public space, including green zones. It is a joint challenge to transform any city into a living environment friendly for all citizens (no exclusions, good for 8&80) from the perspective of such aspects of the quality of life as access to green zones, quality of water and air.
- Revitalisation projects understood not only as energy retrofitting but some degraded areas that require complex activities (e.g. in Kraków: Zabłocie, Azory, Prądnik Biały, Olsza). Such places need complex revitalisation, not only in the spatial and urban dimension, but particularly in the social and economic aspects.
Thanks to the creativity of its inhabitants and its strong position as a scientific centre, Kraków constantly implements Smart City solutions and ideas. Together with Helsinki Living Lab we want to share our experinces with you during the local visit and workshop.
This workshop is linked to a local challenge at the Open Living Lab Days 2017 event, a visit to the Malopolska Greenery Authority on Wednesday afternoon: