To make cities future proof an integral approach is necessary. Accessibility, livability, sustainability, quality of air, noise, energy, health and economic vitality are inseparable connected to each other. Many changes that will influence future urban areas are externally determined, like economic growth, the climate change and aging. The city needs to react and adjust continuously.
In the new minor "Smart City, Color your Future", 22 Logistics and Mobility students have developed an integrated vision for their liveable and future-proof city or region. Climate, urbanization and technology played an important role in this. Commissioned by the BOEL-M region (Breda, Oosterhout, Etten-Leur and Moerdijk) and the Havenkwartier, functions such as living, working and recreation, innovative mobility concepts and urban logistics have been researched together. The students' proposals lead to a reduction in emissions, noise and congestion. Examples are smart street lamps that increase safety and accessibility, energy-supplying industrial areas and MaaS solutions to improve the accessibility of poorly accessible remote business parks such as Hazeldonk for scarce groups of employees.
The students proudly presented their results for policy makers, aldermen and a mayor of the cities of Breda, Oosterhout, Etten-Leur and Moerdijk. The proposals were received very enthusiastically by the attendees.
The minor is also part of what we call “The Smart City Learning Community”. Students, industry and lecturers are continuously working together on gathering, developing and applying knowledge to convert into practical industrial application and on the continuous actualization of the curriculum. The above mentioned results will be used, amongst others, as starting point for internships and graduate research.
Next year, the minor will be followed up with great challenges for students in logistics, mobility and urban development.