Sustainability (Apr 2021)

State of the Art in Open Platforms for Collaborative Urban Design and Sharing of Resources in Districts and Cities

  • Barry Hayes,
  • Dorota Kamrowska-Zaluska,
  • Aleksandar Petrovski,
  • Cristina Jiménez-Pulido

DOI
https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094875
Journal volume & issue
Vol. 13, no. 4875
p. 4875

Abstract

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This work discusses recent developments in sharing economy concepts and collaborative co-design technology platforms applied in districts and cities. These developments are being driven both by new technological advances and by increased environmental awareness. The paper begins by outlining the state of the art in smart technology platforms for collaborative urban design, highlighting a number of recent examples. The case of peer-to-peer trading platforms applied in the energy sector is then used to illustrate how sharing economy concepts and their enabling technologies can accelerate efforts towards more sustainable urban environments. It was found that smart technology platforms can encourage peer-to-peer and collaborative activity, and may have a profound influence on the future development of cities. Many of the research and development projects in this area to date have focused on demonstrations at the building, neighbourhood, and local community scales. Scaling these sharing economy platforms up to the city scale and beyond has the potential to provide a number of positive environment impacts. However, significant technical and regulatory barriers to wider implementation exist, and realising this potential will require radical new approaches to the ownership and governance of urban infrastructure. This paper provides a concise overview of the state of the art in this emerging field, with the aim of identifying the most promising areas for further research.

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