Residents from Torrelago district (Laguna de Duero-Spain) and CITyFiED representatives met on 19 November to define and agree on the development objectives for the visualization part of the district’s renovation which will be applied and demonstrated as part of our project.
Implementing a truly cooperative approach, CITyFiED partner Mondragon
led the workshop which brought together Fundación CARTIF
and some 11 residents of the pilot district. Participants had the opportunity to address various technological and non-technological solutions designed to cut energy consumption and the effects these could have on residents. The approach seeks to take account of user perspectives, and places residents at the heart of the decision-making process. For long-term success in green energy, projects like CITyFiED need residents to fully buy into the retrofitting and development that is planned. Such an approach raises awareness of energy challenges and increases the prospect of replicability through citizen engagement.
During the workshop, CITyFiED partners were able to capture the needs of residents, and look into how to deliver the right solutions for them while remaining true to the broader aims of the Smart Cities and Communities Initiative. The workshop results will help define the ICT platform, thus enhancing the CITyFiED’s monitoring and visualisation tasks that lay ahead. Although the workshop specifically related to the Spanish demonstration site, its outcome will be shared with the other sites, and its methodology applied by them.