Cityness Manifesto

Guidelines for Inclusive & Responsible City Making in the Smart Age

 
Cityness fathoms the pleasantness of urban lives and the responsiveness of urban construction, and illustrates the co-performance between them for sustained improvement. This manifesto illustrates the derived value from the cityness model, and it serves as a code of conduct for everyone involved in the city making, outlining 8 suggestions to help establish an inclusive, responsible and democratic city in the smart age.

Cityness fathoms the pleasantness of urban lives and the responsiveness of urban construction, and illustrates the co-performance between them for sustained improvement. This manifesto illustrates the derived value from the cityness model, and it serves as a code of conduct for everyone involved in the city making, outlining 8 suggestions to help establish an inclusive, responsible and democratic city in the smart age.

 
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1/ Educating Tech Literacy

We help people understand the technology and build them the data literacy through public education with institutional support. Technology is hacking the city, now it’s time for us to hack back.

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2/ Writing on the City

We dissolve one-sided elites involvement. Everything we do, every encounter we have in the city creates an impact and contributes to the culture. And together we become the co-author who writes on the city manuscript.

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3/ Channel of Civic Voice

The preset value of technology is not civic but represents the intention of a few. We consider local inputs as part of the design process, and provide the channel to help amplify the collective voice, to talk back and to trace the impact alongside.

4/ Negotiation of Proposition

We put human first but know that efficiency and cost-saving should not be bypassed when designing urban solutions. We do not only propose value, but also make the negotiation of value and needs open and incorporate them to guide the decisions.

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5/ Mechanism over Algorithm

We establish the mechanism to deal with corporations’ selling of packaged solutions, wisely. Before busy squeezing algorithms into the city, let’s first check if it’s necessary.

6/ Competition for Good

Competition is allowed, in a good way. Why not compete to be the most responsive city which people enjoy rather than the most innovative one favours corporations? We do not radicalise but facilitate the market competition serving for intrinsic needs.

7/ Branding for Supervision

Being socially responsive becomes the prevailing way of branding. We promise to take the responsibility to create envelopes of possibility for individuals. Besides saying that, we make our process transparent and encourage people to supervise us and grow together.

8/ Me, We, Everyone

Urban systems are used by large groups while these groups are composed by individuals. We embed the capacity of value to scale up into systemic plannings which can benefit me, we and everyone. This is the smartness we need.