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Thursday, July 13 • 11:15 - 12:15
Ecosystems Panel Session: Dr.-Ing. Christian Walloth, Thomas Fundneider, Prof. Dr. Ramesh Kumar Biswas, Prof. Ray Ison

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"Smart" seems to be the buzzword of these years, following on "sustainable" and "resilient". Everything is smart, or should become smart, including our cities ("smart cities) and our workplaces (e.g., "smart work centers"). But what does a city or a workplace need to be "smart"?

Along with a certain commodization of the word "smart", its meaning has opened to include more than only technological solutions. A network of sensors and some computer intelligence alone won't make a city smart. Instead, e.g., "smart city" is now a catch-all term for a city that is being developed in an integrated way, combining aspects of technical infrastructure with administrative innovation, new approaches to leverage local economic and cultural developments, as well as esthetic and spatial design aspects.

Systems tools and methods can enable such integrated develoments of places on various scales – buildings, campuses and neighborhoods, urban quarters, entire cities and regions. A systems view may help to avoid misled developments and open the minds of decision-makers for future-proof strategies.

Many of our cities are at the crossroad now. Decision makers need to navigate a multitude of good-practice examples and fashions. Do we want to optimize our cities for tourists flying in for a weekend, contributing to the "eventization" of our cities? Are we going to insist on further extending the 20th-century model of public urban mass transportation using buses and tramways, while ignoring that the youth is dreaming of individualized (public) transportation and several companies are working on small flying vehicles? Are we going to leverage on the sharing economy or try to ban it (Uber, AirBnB)? Shall we help people to better interconnect in cities – or continue to put up hurdles to traffic flows and fostering slow modes of transportation such as cycling? And how do we account for moving the aging population – on bicycles? Will we allow for private space or are we going to foster endless "co-"ization – shared common spaces in residential buildings, all together in public mass transportation, all together in co-working spaces?

What do our systems approaches suggest? What is viable? – Are we stuck with the mechanical city of the 20th century (to which belongs, imho any purely technical sensor-computer optimized city), or are we finally going to make the leap to the "systems" city?

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Prof. Dr. Ramesh Kumar Biswas

MD and owner, ARK22 Austrian Urban Environmental Group and Biswas GmbH
Ramesh Kumar Biswas has degrees in architecture and urban design from Edinburgh and a doctorate in urban ecology from Graz. He has been a visiting professor in Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, Buenos Aires and Bogota. He has lectured in over 40 universities. His best-selling book, „Metropolis... Read More →
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Professor Ockie Bosch

President, International Society for the Systems Sciences
Professor Ockie Bosch was born in Pretoria, South Africa. He first came to Australia in 1979 where he was an invited senior visiting scientist with the CSIRO in Alice Springs. After one year in Longreach (1989) he emigrated to New Zealand where he was offered a position with Landcare... Read More →
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Thomas Fundneider

Founder and Managing Director, theLivingCore
Thomas is a landscape architect and holds an MBA in General Management. His wealth of experience is rooted in highly diverse multi-stakeholder projects and his focus on the decisive details that often make the difference for the whole is extremely valuable for our clients. Thomas... Read More →
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Prof. Ray Ison

Professor of Systems, The Open University UK (OU)
ISSS Past President (2014-2015), International Society for the Systems SciencesProfessor of Systems, The Open University UK (OU).  He is internationally recognised for his Systems scholarship that draws on second-order cybernetics and the biology of cognition and for developing... Read More →
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Dr.-Ing. Christian Walloth

CEO and Founder, Walloth Urban Advisors SPRL
Christian Walloth is the founder of Walloth Urban Advisors SPRL, a strategy consultancy firm specializing in urban and regional development. Headquartered in Brussels and serving an international market, Walloth Urban Advisors supports cities, municipalities, and regions to pro-actively... Read More →

Thursday July 13, 2017 11:15 - 12:15 CEST
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria