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Singapore is utilizing technology to advance its urban planning by “upgrading” its city, creating 3D models of its entirety with data collected from real-time cameras in order to handle traffic problems or potential disasters. In so doing, this island country has shown that developing a “smart city” does not necessarily involve advances that are at odds with the residents, but can be achieved with innovation that is accessible and practical for people in every social milieu.
A smart city is an urban development vision to integrate and utilize information and communication technology to manage a city’s assets, with the chief goal of enhancing the quality of life of the citizens by improving the services to better satisfy their needs through communication technology. This idea, however, is hardly a ready-for-use toolset that is readily applicable to every city in the world as each has its own unique conditions in terms of the development level, the citizens’ willingness to cooperate and create changes, resource limitations, and cultural differences. Therefore, the development of a smart city requires four development factors, namely institutional, physical, social, and economic infrastructures, to attain its goals and sustainability, using smart technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT) to drive the development. The results of this type of urban development manifest themselves in the better quality of life of the citizens thanks to the clean and sustainable environment, better educational institutes, libraries, public transport systems, hospitals, power generation facilities, water supply networks, waste management, and more efficient, innovation-driven community services.
In Thailand, if we look at a smaller scale like a “district,” we can see a prototype of a creative district in the project “Co-Create Charoenkrung,” which applies design thinking to co-creation between creative urban experts, designers, and stakeholders in the district, who have, for the first time, come together to help define the “creative district.” They do so by creating 1:1 scale models on the actual site so that both residents and visitors could use them and contribute to their development. The five attendant creative projects include Re-Creating Public Riverfront, which aims to create an identity for the zone and raise public awareness of the area as a new destination; the Adaptive Re-use of Abandoned Shop Houses, which results in an incubator for creative citizens through various activities; the Green Pocket Landscape, which creates a network of green areas for people; Reconnecting Local Alleys, which aims to develop a convenient commuting network to attract visitors and stimulate the local economy; and Signage for a Walkable District, which results in signage that not only gives visitors information of the landmarks in the area but also captures the district’s identity. Although these are merely prototypes, they can serve as an inspiration for other districts that wish to boost their competitive advantage in the new economy. The best part is everyone can take part in this type of creative district design effort.
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บทความ What is Smart city จาก smartcities.gov.in
บทความ Urban planning tools synthesize and collect data to improve the quality of city life โดย Jennifer Formichelli
บทความ Smart cities will be necessary for our survival โดย Madhumita Venkataramanan
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