At the end of March 2017, around 45 delegates from the City-Zen Project, an EC funded FP7 project, visited Manchester for two days of Smart City experiences. During this time, Triangulum presented its work to date, and visitors enjoyed a trip to the Manchester Metropolitan University, the site of a number of the planned interventions in Manchester. These include Solar photovoltaic and a battery, which will work alongside the University’s existing CHP to demonstrate ways in which peak demand can be reduced.
Triangulum and the further EU’s 8 Lighthouse Projects pledge closer cooperation in their efforts towards low carbon and resource efficient urban spaces
In their efforts to deliver and replicate Smart City solutions, the EU’s nine Lighthouse projects formally signed a Cooperation Manifesto in Nottingham (UK) on 23 March 2017 – among them Damian Wagner, project coordinator of Triangulum.
The signing ceremony was held at Conference Centre of the Nottingham Trent University and saw Councillor Sam WEBSTER (Nottingham City Council) and Pro Vice-Chancellor Michael CARR (Nottingham Trent University) host representatives of projects that, altogether, span over 50 towns and cities across Europe. The signing of the manifesto seals the cooperation that is already a reality within the Lighthouse project community. However, the manifesto is being seen as a further crucial step in the EU’s endeavours to optimise project outcomes and ensure these become mainstream beyond the projects themselves.
Nottingham, a city recognised for its strong ecological drive, was an ideal setting for project partners to pledge their commitment to Smart Cities and Communities. The signing of the Cooperation Manifesto came as part of a study tour organised by Nottingham city council and Nottingham Trent University under the Remourban Lighthouse project. The tour included workshops on topics such as smart city indicators, innovative business models and integrated planning for accelerating urban transition. Furthermore, a site visit enabled delegates from the European Commission, INEA and other Lighthouse projects to discover the realities of Remourban’s green endeavours in Nottingham’s Sneinton district and e-bus charging depot.
Lighthouse project Remourban will be throwing its doors wide open this month when its first study tour takes place in lighthouse city Nottingham, UK. Behind the tour is project partner Nottingham Trent University – named UK’s greenest university – in cooperation with the Action Cluster on Integrate Planning and the Smart Cities Information System. And Triangulum partners will join in…
Partners of the Triangulum project will participate in the study tour, to learn more about the sister project and to share their experiences.
The day will feature a series of workshops on topics such as smart city indicators, innovative business models and integrated planning for accelerating urban transition. And attendees from the European Commission, INEA and other Smart City projects will be able to capture the realities of Remourban’s green endeavours in Nottingham’s Sneiton district and e-bus charging depot during the site visit.
The study tour marks the ever-closer collaboration among Lighthouse projects and will see the signature of a formal collaboration agreement.
Hundreds of people were celebrating in Stavanger city on 11th February, when the three battery buses funded by the Triangulum project were unveiled. The design of the buses was part of a high school design competition and the inhabitants of Stavanger could vote for their favourites.
At the event, the county mayor gave a speech presenting the project and introducing the high school student who won the competition and created the bus design.
The vehicles were placed in a triangle to illustrate the project’s name, covered with a banner showing the Triangulum logo and the promotional slogan “See what happens today at 12…”. Coffee and cupcakes were served in the middle of the triangle while other actions like face painting for kids were happening inside the buses. Hundreds of colourful balloons with the Triangulum logo and the slogan “Smart solutions for a smart region” rounded off a day packed with attractions. The activities were documented by a professional photographer, who produced a short film clip that was spread via social media and had instantly about 20,000 viewers. Get your own impression an have a look:
Active citizen involvement as a key to success….. “Samenspraak” (translates as “participation”) was the title of an event in Eindhoven in December, inviting citizens and neighbourhoods to have their say about the planned measures in the Eckart Vaartbroek demo district.
Discussions focussed on the innovative light route which is part of the Triangulum project’s activities. Participants were provided with the latest information and were actively involved in the planning process. A variety of questions were considered, such as what are the specific requirements? How can residents benefit the most? What advantages does the new system have in comparison to “traditional” lighting systems?
Integrating residents right from the outset is a main concern of the project. This inclusive approach creates commitment and therefore guarantees the successful implementation of the measures.
A delegation from Manchester City Council, the University of Manchester and e-forum visited Tianjin in China on 09.12.2016 to develop their role as an observer city in Triangulum.
Mark Duncan, James Evans, Shaun Topham and Paul Stewart were hosted by the Tianjin Foreign Affairs Office at the Tianjin Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. In addition to looking at some of the city’s smart developments including Binhai and the new eco-city, plans were made to share Triangulum outputs with key partners in the city.
During the past months, the follower city of Leipzig has made an effort to bring the Smart City topic closer to the inhabitants of the focus district in Leipzig-West and, at the same time, to contribute to a city wide strategy.
During September and October 2016, a series of four thematic evening events took place. Each workshop was dedicated to a Smart City related topic: Smart Energy, Smart Mobility, Smart District and Active Neighbourhood Society. After an input speech by a member of the local Triangulum team on Smart Cities and on first ideas on a “smart” district in Leipzig West, the participants discussed visions and obstacles for the further smart development of the district as well as their own project ideas. The results of the evenings will contribute to the Smart City implementation plan to be developed within the Triangulum project activities in Leipzig.
Additionally, a new website was launched to explain and document the Smart City process in Leipzig-West. It will constantly be updated and new information on events on Smart City topics will be published.
The local Triangulum team also works closely with other partners to engage inhabitants in Smart City topics. Together with the Institute of Urban Development and Construction Management of Leipzig University, the evening lecture series “HOT SPOTS :: DER STADTENTWICKLUNG” is organised during the winter semester, focusing on Smart City related topics. In the first lecture, Steffen Braun of Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart presented the Living LaB Ludwigsburg. In November 2016, Ulrich Hörning, Deputy Mayor of the Department of General Services of the City of Leipzig, presented his ideas for a “smart” city.
On 22.11.2016 the expert discussion “Leipzig is growing sustainably – the digital city” took place as part of the update process for Leipzig’s integrated urban development strategy. Around 50 participants with different backgrounds (civil society, science, economy, city administration and other municipalities) discussed the opportunities and challenges of a “Digital City”.
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One of the Triangulum activities in Stavanger is the purchase of new battery-powered buses. This purchase offers a great possibility for the inhabitants of Stavanger: to have a say in the design of the buses themselves!
Students at three Norwegian high schools competed for decorating the three new battery-powered buses. Stavanger County Mayor Solveig Ege Tengesdal told the students that the county wanted a fresh look for the battery-powered buses, and that they looked forward to seeing what creative ideas the students would come up with. Their creativity knew no bounds.
Between February and April 2016, the students could submit their own designs to the competition. School classes could deliver as many design proposals as they wanted. A jury selected a design from each school before a separate ballot decided on the winning design.
The local newspaper was involved, presenting the designs to the public to vote for their favourite design. It was a great success with thousands casting their vote.
This activity created a lot of publicity for the Triangulum project. The school class with the winning design received a prize of 20,000 NOK. The three battery-powered buses in the new design will arrive in Stavanger in January 2017.
Learn more about the local Triangulum activities in Stavanger in three videos: One video shows the kick-off event of the bus design competition, another one explains Stavanger University’s role in the Triangulum project. The third video focuses on the project activities of Triangulum partner Lyse.