TECNALIA works on urban planning for adapting cities to ageing populations

7 April 2021

The model will be validated through an in-depth analysis of users’ needs in three use cases in Europe: Helsinki, Santander and Flanders.

This week saw the launch of the European project URBANAGE, Enhanced URBAN planning for AGE-friendly cities through disruptive technologies. The initiative aims to assess the potential benefits, risks and impacts of using an ecosystem of tools for data-driven decision-making, more specifically in the field of urban planning for adapting cities to ageing populations.

Adapting urban environments to today's challenges requires a multidisciplinary understanding of interrelated and complex phenomena. Despite the many years spent talking about smart cities, the enormous amount of data generated and the computational capacity at our disposal, there is still great potential for using disruptive technologies to support decision-making processes in the field of urban planning and management.

Using disruptive technologies in urban planning decision-making runs the risk of excluding some sectors of the population, in particular older people, who are less digitally literate and may be distrustful of technology-based decisions. At the same time, European cities face the challenge of adapting to increasingly ageing populations, making it essential to involve this part of the population in decision-making processes.

This model will be developed through an inclusive co-creation strategy with the relevant actors (civil servants and older people). It will be based on a decision-making support ecosystem that integrates: multidimensional analysis of big data, modelling and simulation with artificial intelligence algorithms, visualisation through digital twins of the city, and gamification techniques to encourage older people to become involved.

Further information

  • It will be validated through an in-depth analysis of users' needs in three use cases in Europe (Helsinki, Santander and Flanders).
  • TECNALIA team member Patricia Molina can provide further information.