The first City-zen “Roadshow” travels to Belfast in January 2016!

The City-zen Roadshow will travel the length and breadth of Europe to define sustainable visions for cities, its neighborhoods and its citizens. In total 8 cities will be visited over the next 4 years, each roadshow consisting of a 5-day event in which technologies will be demonstrated, futures are mapped, sustainable propositions are designed then evaluated. This will culminate on the final day with a presented city vision. Travelling with the Roadshow is an experienced team of internationally renowned sustainability experts, whose specialisms will combine with multidisciplinary stakeholder groups and students from each hosting city.

The selection process of Roadshow cities has ensured a wide range of economic, social and environmental circumstances and challenges. ‘City-by-City’, the collaborative Roadshow methodology will be further developed. In order to address these city challenges effectively, the Roadshow makes use of two contextually dependent approaches. One designed by TU Delft, focusing on energy synergies, the other being a creative design project that responds to spatial & social questions. This is complemented by a trade show, showcasing innovative technologies among which those demonstrated by City-zen partners in Amsterdam and Grenoble. These approaches will overlap during each Roadshow to develop a holistic vision, which will be ‘owned’ by each city.

Following a successful student design workshop in Belfast by TU Delft’s ‘SWAT Studio’ and students/staff from Queens University Belfast in September (an intensive 2-week precursor to the Roadshow itself), the first City-zen Roadshow city can now be announced. It will take place in the city of Belfast. Here, citizens, academia, business, industry and city decision-makers will come together in January 2016.


Dr Craig L. Martin (SWAT Studio & TU Delft Roadshow Coordinator WP9).

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