Damiano Cerrone from Demos Helsinki talked about urban transformations of our time. As argued by the urbanist giants Jane Jacobs and Jan Gehl, the way to improve our cities is to put the human back in the focus of our planning. To do this, we need to start by investing in infrastructure and services that support the idea of making the city for people — i.e., allocating more urban space for softer uses than traffic.
Technology can help in this process, but Cerrone also emphasised the need to move from “big data to thick data”: gathering meaningful data is a better strategy for urban planners than hoarding huge amounts of irrelevant data.
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