Plan like your dreams are going to happen
Dear Mister Mayor.
Dear Madam Mayor.
YOU surely have a dream for your community.
WE can help you to realize this vision.
Let US work together in the Smart City Chief Call!
Have you created or are you planning an interesting future space in your city? An area that is to be adapted or redesigned? Where specific or typical problems are to be addressed?
Share your location visions and experiences with us on the URBAN MENUS Smart City platform and get new implementation ideas! Every month one idea is awarded!
URBAN MENUS as a new tool for action aims to identify the smartest chiefs. The award-winning chiefs or the cities they stand for are presented on the Smart City platform and can take part in an URBAN MENUS Future Planning Training free of charge, getting the tools to realize your plans.
If you feel addressed and want to change something for you and your citizens, let yourself be driven by this impulse and apply with your initiative now under https://urbanmenus.com/platform-en/
Submissions (in Spanish or English or German) for the next monthly presentation are possible until the end of the previous month. The next deadline is 31.12.2020!
All information on participation and the entry form are attached. Anyone from Spanish, English and German-speaking countries can take part, but we are open to anyone beyond that, since URBAN MENUS is a digital web application.
We are looking forward to your submissions!
Laura P. Spinadel, BUSarchitektur & BOA office for advanced randomness - Austria
With the support of Bianca Severin
ME, THEM, and Urban Menus
In order to design and develop the new campus of the Vienna University of Economics and Business, I performed in a total of eight roles. Looking back at the project, I realize that the most important role in this success story was probably that of the networker. So far, I am convinced that only with the right alliances we can achieve the consensus that is necessary for the accomplishment of urban miracles. Joint work processes are commonplace in the field of spatial planning and I hope that they will be easier to master for the entire productive system in the future - and more so in exchange with citizens as a stakeholder group.
Out of this desire Urban Menus emerged, a 3D instrument with which various stakeholders can develop and analyze urban planning visions in a participatory way. Preliminary planning is a critical phase where, first of all, there is the challenge of uniting sometimes divergent requirements of potential users of the space and creating foundations for future detailed planning supported by all stakeholders involved.
URBAN MENUS – a software for participatory and impact-oriented urban planning
Building upon that belief we’ve developed a web-based 3D software and supplementary training program for participatory & impact-oriented urban planning: URBAN MENUS. The tool – suitable for specialists and planning stakeholders as well as people without specific scientific background – can be:
- quickly adapted to different needs,
- wandered through and
- evaluated in terms of resources & ecology, society & urbanity as well as economic efficiency; even with reference to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN.
“Temporary openings allow us to optimize the future before we live it, understand our life, and create an individual and collective balance” (Jean Pierre Garnier Malet): Before real investments are made, risks, challenges and opportunities can be identified with URBAN MENUS and a consensus can be reached between all those involved in planning and construction and the future users / inhabitants.
URBAN MENUS helps to evaluate the fundamental impacts that space planning has on the public sphere. This planning process –which naturally affects a great number of people– should gather numerous different stakeholders.
We distinguish three main areas where Urban Menus interact:
• Ecology as a cultural accomplishment
• Urbanity as a sociopolitical system
• Density as an economic component
Each one of these areas lays out its components, which in turn, and through their combination, define one of the million ways in which an urban fragment can be modeled. Either through an individual or a collective lens, URBAN MENUS allows us to visualize as many futures as we desire, as well as it gives us the possibility to modify these components as many times as needed. The goal is to find a balance that can create a space in which the largest possible number of people like to live, work, learn, play and spend their time.
Laura P. Spinadel (1958 Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an Argentine-Austrian architect, urban planner, writer, educator, and principal of the companies BUSarchitektur and BOA office for advanced randomness in Vienna. She has made an international name for herself with the works Compact City and Campus WU, both considered pioneers of the holistic architecture ideology. She is Doctor Honoris Causa at the Civic Parliament of the Humanity, Transacademy Universal Institute of Nations. Currently, she is working on the future planning URBAN MENUS** an Interactive Society Game to create our cities in 3D using a consensual approach.
**Granting Promotion XL Innovation AWS austrian economy services of the Creative Industries (2017) & Impact Innovation funding Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG (2020).