Dynamic Visualisations to Enhance Citizen Engagement
This project is part of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Urban Mobility network, which aims to bring together consortia of cities, NGOs, academic institutions and/or commercial partners to initiate projects that engage people on the topics of urban mobility and public realm.
About this process
This process belongs to Citizen engagement projects
DVECE aims to extend the application of DigiTwins to provide citizens with a dynamic representation of how their mobility preferences impact their neighbourhood. This method is meant to enable more robust and interactive citizen engagement.
Many cities are developing semantic 3D models as a digital representation of their city, as opposed to static 2D illustrations. The DVECE project explores the use of digital twins, or DigiTwins, as a tool for effective and inclusive citizen engagement practices. DigiTwins are the most advanced 3D visualisation models being actively developed worldwide and are increasingly being used to reinforce evidence-based approaches for policy-making.
The objectives of DVECE are to:
- Use innovative Digital Twin models to engage citizens who are typically under-represented in participatory processes, so they can envisage new mobility scenarios in an immersive environment
- Experiment with dynamic visualisation tools to display and validate citizens’ input within the Digital Twins, contributing to a more effective and accurate methodology that incorporates citizen feedback into policy plans
Two distinct approaches toward the use of DigiTwins in citizen engagement will be tested within three living lab environments. A first approach uses advanced DigiTwin models and interfaces to help citizens visualize the impact of their feedback on mobility plans. This approach will be tested in the Smart City Living Lab in the Kalasatama and Jätkäsaari Smart Mobility Lab (Finland).
A second approach, to be trialled in the Urban Living Lab Breda in the Netherlands, and the Thessaloniki Smart Mobility Living Lab in Greece, focuses on collecting offline input and incorporating this qualitative data into DigiTwin models to test a hybrid digital-offline participation process that accommodates people with lower digital literacy levels.