“This will be the battle of the century” – City of Amsterdam on Smart Cities


Design Thinking

During the Annex63 meeting on energy in urban planning in Amsterdam and Leiden, the City of Amsterdam shared some of their experiences and concerns. They have recently gone through an organizational change and say that they overarching trend is that people and politicians want to see more impact and less processes. This means that, as they put it,

“The biggest challenge is ourselves. Specialists cherish their own craftmanship, but more integrated solutions will require more generalists”

This conclusion fits with the observation made by the Norwegian Art and Design Association DogA, which also explains that companies and management look to Design Thinking for ways to integrate and connect in a general and innovative way. Further, social inclusion is, according to the City of Amsterdam, the core challenge when we develop SMART Cities:

“If you are only talking about density, you are making a mistake. (…) We need to talk…

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About Brita Fladvad Nielsen

I'm a Postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. My focus is on Smart Energy Communities in urban settings as well as design of energy-devices for emergency settings and design for humanitarian markets, especially for refugee camps in rural areas of Africa. I blog about my research approach Design Thinking on www.designthinkingresearch.wordpress.com and about humanitarian design at www.designforselfreliance.wordpress.com . I am also a mother of a child who is deaf, and I blog about her language development on Aurorasittsprak.wordpress.com
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