The Sustainable City 3.0

It is clearly futile to ignore the importance of accelerating the global transition towards sustainable cities. The saturation of cities, the climate crisis, the increasing scarcity of resources, overconsumption and pollution…. Sustainability will be considered not simply the measure of the environment but also the measure of the capacity to produce dignified living conditions and self-sustaining economies. Though it is important to battle climate change, it is also important to resolve social divisions and to support the balanced development of future economies. The Wikibuilding would like to be a symbolic brick in a new urban model, the Sustainable City 3.0, also takes into account the “Contributive” City 2.0.

The City 3.0

The smart city is regularly presented as the political and industrial horizon of tomorrow’s cities. Based largely on the “internet of objects,” the City 3.0 aims for the optimization of networks and the emergence of new solutions through the accumulation and the treatment of large amounts of data. However, this technology-based vision considers human beings as passive consumers to whom services must be sold. This overbearing economic model risks being massively rejected by citizens and political authorities because it has not included the principles of the City 2.0, that is, the inclusion and appropriation by inhabitants who know how to hack digital technologies in order to better utilize and transform them.

The City 2.0

The Wikibuilding is based on new practices that are central to the Participative City 2.0. By integrating contribution and collaboration into its DNA, it allows for individuals and organizations to participate alongside professionals in the sustainable transformation of cities. The idea is to include inhabitants in the construction of their habitat in order to support and jointly build an evolution towards sustainable and more reasonable lifestyles. With this in mind, the utilization of new technologies and digital collective-intelligence tools as proposed by the startup UFO facilitates this dialogue. The City 2.0 existed as a concept but politicians and professionals were not yet ready for it. Today, it is different—the Wikibuilding, and its sister-projects, will allow for the City 2.0 to materialize in the real world on a large scale.

Sustainable Cities 3.0

With the initiative of the Wikibuilding in mind, the team is working towards a more humane smartcity—a sustainable city that fully integrates digital technology. In other words, a Sustainable City 3.0. For the partners of the project, the Sustainable City 3.0 is far from being theoretical and is in the process of being built. The Wikibuilding is a demonstration of Open Source that is infinitely repeatable:

  • – By conceiving a sustainable habitat (Host, REI, LINEAZEN, Attitudes Urbaines, Atelier Gamany, Céespace Coloco, Bellastock and AEDIS)
  • – By rethinking the role of technology in society (Orange, Institut de Santé Urbaine, Insitut Mines-Télécom, and the CSTB)
  • – By establishing a convivial ecosystem that allows for exchanges and confidence-building between inhabitants, startups, the world of non-profit organizations, schools, manufacturers, universities, artists, and politicians (Effectas, Simplon, Strate, Orient Express, Vivalib, Volumes, Numa, Lillian Ricaud, Haguer, Villes Internet, Reflect’Sun, YesParik, Collaborative Urbanism, Clam, Ici, La Fonderie, Learn Do Share, Lippi, Transdev, Esri, Creative Roots, Iaac, Smart Citizen, Atelier Villes, Gamba Acoustique)

To learn more

Lecture by Alain Renk (Host) for the Franco-British symposium on smart cities. May 15th, 2014, London.