Innovating in the urban
Bürger baut Stadt
March 28, 2015

Bürger baut Stadt is a project based out of Berlin. In 2012, the project won funding at the “Stadt Land <code>” (“City Country <code>”) competition. The system scrapes[1] information about development plans off Berlin’s 12 district administrations. The resulting map lists all development plans that are consulted upon. In Germany that’s usually a period of four weeks. During this period, citizens can access plan […]

March 28, 2015

The OpenPlanning project is a collaboration between the CreativeExchange, Liverpool University, and RedNinja studios. As inspiration, we took the example of Patrick Geddes, who bought a crumbling looking tower in Edinburgh in the late 19th century. He restored the building and made it available to the public so that they would enjoy the view and gain a new understanding […]

Urban mediator
November 13, 2012

The urban mediator (UM) was an interactive public information system for the upload and sharing of information on a cartographic map. It’s purpose was to “facilitate citizen driven possibilities for action” by providing a venue where the expert formal information from planners and other institutional actors met informally produced content coming from citizens[1]. UM was developed as part of […]

Open311 dashboard & CitySDK
May 3, 2012

Compared to Birmingham’s Civic Dashboard, that uses a customer service centre’s data to visualise issues arising in the urban environment, the Open311 platform developed by Code for America is a more advanced software that has since been open sourced. The Open311 platform aims to provide a standards-based API (“GeoReport” api) which mobile applications for instance can tap into. Via its interface, the software enables citizens […]

Birmingham Civic Dashboard
April 24, 2012

The Birmingham Civic Dashboard project[1] commissioned by Birmingham City Council, implemented by Mudlark, a design studio, and funded by Nesta is a good example of the novel use of data held by public authorities. According to Socitm, English local authorities receive 600m customer contacts each year. Based on Birmingham City Council’s contact centre, which handles public enquiries, the Birmingham Civic Dashboard takes data […]