The “Cities Forum” was held at IFEMA Madrid Fairground between June 14 and 16, 2022. The ARMZ SA “Western Małopolska Development Agency”, Poland, organised a delegation made up of mayors, deputy mayors and other members from 5 municipalities of the Krakow region including Andrychow, Babice, Chrzanow, Myslenice and Trzebinia.

The Lysander Spain team were pleased to present their vision regarding “Smart Cities / Smart Communities”. The paper was presented by David Martín and Sara Hosseini from Lysander, together with a team of specialists which included:

Broadway Malyan: Urban planning and architecture of the city.
Typsa: City and building engineering.
Nexus & Integra: Digitization and technology
Magdalena Plocikiewicz: Urban Sociologist

Lysander commented that society, technology and the real estate market are changing at a rapid rate and require constant adaptation and innovation. Real estate projects are becoming more and more complex and project leaders capable of coordinating multiple aspects, data and specialised consultants are required to control each stage and achieve the expected global success.

The new trends to consider in the development of “Smart cities/Smart communities” are the following:

Sustainability throughout the life cycle:
• Design
• Construction/development
• Operation
• Demolition
• Re-use

Energy:
• Clean energy
• Collective energy – Storage and transfer

Ecology and landscaping – back to nature:
• Urban parks
• Landscaping
• Orchards and productive landscaping

Technology:
• Collaboration between technology and citizens
• Physical space for 5G network, data centres, startups, education
• Data latency control. Proximity of data processing

Mobility
• Empower active citizens (Walking, scooters, bicycles)
• Concept of super blocks:
o Main road axes (30Km/h – Buses, trams and private vehicles + micromobility protected lines + pedestrians)
o Pedestrianized interior streets (10km/h for supply, emergency or resident traffic).

The balance between internationalization and the local
• Public spaces for culture and crafts and local products
• Coexistence of architectural and urban styles

Improvement of the image of the city
• Integration of consolidated areas through intelligent interventions of urban architecture and landscaping
• Pre-consensual urban design and building criteria that allow diversity and simultaneously integration and harmony

Balance in uses:
• Residential vs. commercial, productive business, tourism…

Closeness:
• The city of 15 minutes and rapid accessibility to services, sports, leisure, culture, nature, etc.

Personal development of citizens and increase in their satisfaction:
• Inclusion – By age, gender, socioeconomic level, etc.
• Training and decent work
• Improved physical and mental health
• Stress reduction
• Reduction of the level of insecurity
• Agile access and enjoyment of services and public spaces
• Corruption control
• Development of integrity
• Influence and reputation through professional and civic associations

Digitisation:
• Comprehensive and transversal solution with integration of data diversity
• Scalable
• It must allow a clear visualization that allows analyzes and corrective actions to be carried out.
• Comprehensive management covering complementary areas such as:
o Environmental data (supplies, consumption, waste, etc.)
o Mobility and occupation
o Information and citizen services
o Quality of life including safety, climate and air quality, risks, leisure and sports, etc,

Economic – Financial Viability
• Savings (Consumption, optimization of services, increase in economic activity and tax collection, productivity)
• Generation of income from the sale of various lands for private productive use, concession of services and infrastructures

Lysander commented that the measurement of results and their estimation and control during the development of projects is essential to guarantee success.

The team agreed with the project promoter that it is necessary to cover technical aspects, performance, costs and deadlines as well as the social impact and benefit to citizens and users. For this, it is necessary to first establish a stage of analysis of the starting situation and the current levels for each indicator.

Lysander, together with the invited collaborators, has created a multidisciplinary team with the capacity to define and manage Smart Cities projects of any scale and complexity and with the aim of improving our society. Undoubtedly, the meeting has created the germ of potential future “Smart Cities” projects for various small municipalities.

Miguel Angel Falcon, June 15, 2022