Urban Media Trends for Enabling Citizen Participation in Urban Planning: Old Wine in New Barrels?

Bert P. Groot*, Robin Effing, Mettina J.A. Veenstra

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In recent years, a plethora of new possibilities for interactive urban planning emerged, fuelled by the rise of smart cities. This paper studies the potential of urban media for reshaping the role of citizens in urban planning. Both the historical role that citizens have played in the development of neighbourhoods and the process of urban planning are presented from a literature review. Furthermore, present visions on urban planning and citizen participation in smart cities are reviewed. Lessons learned from this literature study, are confronted with six main trends in urban media from expert interviews. As a result, we deliver an overview that helps urban planners in neighbourhoods in order to profit from advantages of urban media while avoiding their risks. We found that the development of urban media could have both positive and negative effects with regard to citizen participation in urban planning in neighbourhoods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectronic Participation
Subtitle of host publication10th IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference, ePart 2018, Proceedings
EditorsPanos Panagiotopoulos, Noella Edelmann, Peter Parycek, Shefali Virkar, Gianluca Misuraca, Yannis Charalabidis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-98578-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-98577-0
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2018
Event10th IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference on Electronic Participation, ePart 2018 - Danube University, Krems, Austria
Duration: 3 Sept 20185 Sept 2018
Conference number: 10

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11021 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference10th IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference on Electronic Participation, ePart 2018
Abbreviated titleePart 2018
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  • Area development
  • Citizen participation
  • Smart city
  • Urban media

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