The spread of smartphones and internet based applications is creating amazing possibilities for citizen interaction with their governments. Mobile telephony is booming in the developing word. In Africa, smartphones are taking the place of money or physical address, and is giving access to services beyond imagination only some years ago.
Cities and their governors are quickly taking advantage of the possibilities IT offers to improve their services to the citizen and the way they communicate with their constituencies. The purpose of this meeting is to exchange ideas for future projects in the field of digital solutions that could make cities more inclusive, integrated, compact, connected and responsive to the citizen’s needs.
The event will take place preceding the meeting of the Global Taskforce of local and regional governments at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The #GTF2016 is a movement of local government association that is working for the recognition that mayors and governors have in achieving development at world scale in a moment where all the national governments representatives are discussing what the world development agenda will be after year 2015.
The Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) will join to host this event and bring together the perspectives Spain and the Seychelles. Two different contexts with many common questions as how to better deliver the mandate that Mayors have in regard to the people.
Professor Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, ACSA Distinguished Professor, Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York (CCNY); 2014 President, AIA New York
Íñigo de la Serna, Mayor of Santander, Spain; President of the Spanish Networks of Smart Cities and the Cities for Climate; and the President of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP)
Jacqueline Moustache-Belle, Mayor of Victoria, Seychelles and Co-President of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
James McCullar, FAIA, Co-Chair Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization; Past President, AIA New York; and Principal, JamesMcCullar Architecture.
Professor Urs Gauchat, Dean, College of Architecture & Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology