Have you ever wondered what makes one city implement a similar solution to another one? Is it about financial support, legal framework or just knowing what technology they have procured and how?
EUROCITIES and Energy Cities as city networks and replication leads have felt that the best is to ask the cities who have been working together since 2016 in their projects, Sharing Cities and Smarter Together.
We all have in our minds a reason why what we have tried failed or why it succeeded, but it is not easy to capture those key success factors and we easily forget once things are done.
The lighthouse cities - Vienna, Munich and Lyon in Smarter Together and London, Milan, Lisbon in Sharing Cities - have been invited to come together to share what they have seen working since they started their projects. They are all implementing smart city solutions and they see the whole picture.
The questions, in a two day workshop in December 2017 were raised in a participatory process and the cities talked about enablers (legal, financial, economic and communication) and blocking factors they have seen in two different groups. Later they talked about how they came up with solutions and which of those could be re-used by other cities.
Concrete experience related mainly to private housing retrofitting, electric mobility and citizen participation.
On the second day, Antwerp and Heerlen joined as well and shared their experience, validating what they see would be relevant for replication from an external city's point of view.
Would you like to learn more about what experiences the cities had there? It's all captured and shared in the minutes, attached below.
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