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Using bottom-up digital technologies in technical decision-making for designing a low-carbon built environment

Bleil De Souza, Clarice ORCID:, Pezzica, Camilla ORCID: and Hahn, Jakob 2024. Using bottom-up digital technologies in technical decision-making for designing a low-carbon built environment. Golubchikov, Oleg and Yenneti, Komail, eds. Smart cities, Energy and Climate: Governing Cities to a Low-Carbon Future, Wiley, pp. 347-364. (10.1002/9781118641156.ch20)

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This chapter discusses bottom-up data gathering and usage in the context of smart cities, sustainability, energy and digital transitions from the perspective of how they inform technical decision-making. It explores how technicians use bottom-up data to reconcile performance demands with citizens’ demands when building and regenerating neighbourhoods and cities. To this end, it focuses on exploring two extreme approaches to bottom-up data collection: when data are collected by digital sensors ‘on behalf’ of people and when data are collected by citizen scientists using digital technologies to feed technical decisions. Through distinct real case studies, two in Germany and one in Italy, it discusses the rationale and post-processing techniques put in place to re-use and transfer good-quality data when it becomes available as well as the difficulties in translating data collected by citizen scientists themselves into useful technical information. The chapter exposes the complexity of problems technicians face while reconciling demands, which vary from data quality and inferred meaning when attempting to extract a ‘sense of place’ to broader technical dilemmas of translating policies related to active citizen participation and energy transitions into reality by pursuing a single holistic view.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 9781118640661
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2024 10:28

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