Cities After Transition 2019 conference

SmartEnCity at "Cities After Transition 2019" conference in Belgrade, Serbia

15 Oct 2019

On 27th September, Project Partner UTAR held a session “Smart post-socialist city”. Smart City is a very general term for noting the application of technologies in cities and in reality, it is very often used as a branding term for the cities. Academic research on smart cities has been mostly focused on the contexts of Western and Asian cities, much less is known about Eastern-European and post-socialist cities. This in mind, UTAR organized a session to provoke the discussion about applying new technologies, using new datasets and planning practices in post-socialist cities.

Hosting a wide network of post-socialist cities researchers, the Cities after Transition Conference 2019 which was taking place from 25.-29.September in Belgrade, Serbia, was a perfect venue for this kind of discussion.

The session hosted six presentations focusing on case studies from Hungary, Russia, Poland, Estonia and other European cities. In this context,  SmartEnCity project and Lighthouse City Tartu was introduced and a case study with the renovation of Tartu's Soviet era khruschevka-dwellers was presented.

List of presenters and topics:

1. Characteristics of post-socialist smart city development with special attention to Hungary Ádám Szalai 2. Smart city interventions and pro-environmental behaviour change: an interview study with khrushchevka-dwellers Ingmar Pastak, Veronika Mooses, Pilleriine Kamenjuk, Age Poom 3. Geographical characteristics and territorial patterns of digitization in Hungary Tamás Egedy, Tünde Szabó, Márton Prorok 4. CRISALIDE: rethinking spatial planning in a ‘smart’ paradigm. The case of Rostov-on-Don, Southern Russia Elena Batunova, Pietro Elisei, Sergey Trukhachev 5. Research Challenges Beyond Primate Cities: Hyperlink Volumes and Linkages of Europe's Secondary and Tertiary Cities in an Information Age Stanley D. Brunn 6. Smart cities, better cities? The rise of bike sharing and possibilities of sensor data Adam Radzimski, Michal Dziecielski

 If you are interested in the presentations, please contact Ingmar Pastak (University of Tartu) ingmar.pastak@ut.ee

Picture: University of Tartu (UTAR)