Mission

Innovative new information technologies are revolutionising the way we live and work. They greatly impact how we plan, build and run our cities. Smart City concepts blend new technology with traditional urban functions to increase efficiency. But, they often neglect the city’s greatest resource: people.

We develop public participation tools designed to engage, inform and involve people in making their cities work better. Our focus has been on transport although the concepts can be applied to all types of planning. This website summarises our work and thoughts.

Contact us if you’d like more information or work together on a project.

  • BusMeister Game - Screenshot

    BusMeister public transport game

     

  • Games and Participation

    Well-designed games can help identify good ideas, solve problems, educate players and motivate them to act in the real world. And, importantly, games are extremely popular. Games can support development of communities to improve participation in planning projects as well as provide a platform for other web-based and real world participation such as crowd sourced mapping and problem identification, sharing technical information, GIS applications and more.

  • Crowdsourcing

    Crowdsourcing is a new name for asking people to help accomplish something. In city planning it’s often used to mean collecting input or suggestions, but crowdsourcing can also be used to provide funding for a project (e.g., Kickstarter) or to encourage people to work together to complete tasks, participate in activities, provide sensor data, and more.

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  • Suggestion page for BusMeister project.

    BusMeister suggestion page.

     

  • BusMeister project public transport education page.

    BusMeister project public transport education page.

  • Education

    City planning is a complex and highly technical subject. That’s why it’s extremely important to help residents understand city planning problems and potential solutions. New information technologies including well designed websites, wikis, videos, podcasts, etc. are ideally suited to educating residents about problems.

  • Social Media

    Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. are excellent tools for engaging the public, providing information and encouraging participation and are widely used by all types of organizations. They have become standard in all types of city planning studies and by government agencies in communicating with their customers and constituents.

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  • Twitter feed for Chicago Transit Authority

    Twitter feed for Chicago Transit Authority

     

Sounds like a great book: Die Ganz Besonders Nette Strassenbahn ... English: A totally especially nice tram.

Sounds like a great book: Die Ganz Besonders Nette Strassenbahn … English: A totally especially nice tram.

Reference Library

We’ve included extensive references on these pages and blogged over interesting references we’ve come across. Our References page summarises some of these references and ideas:

From our Blog:

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  • About

    GreenCityStreets is a project by Andrew Nash, a Vienna-based transport planner. Nash helps clients develop social media, serious games and crowd sourcing applications designed to improve cities and transport systems. See andynash.com for more about Nash, his work and publications.