As a matter of fact our increasing ability to have access to a higher level of information in real time has modified our way to do some daily things, such as the way in which we relate to each other or do the shopping.
There are many other questions of public concern that are paradoxically managed by specialized technicians, this practice becomes particularly significant when we are dealing with data and information related to design, evaluation and management of public spaces in our cities.
An increasing speculation with the SmartCity concepts has sparked off hopeful expectations with the promise of collective participation in the processes of design of cities. These expectations are quite often accompanied by a certain sense of frustration as a result of the difficulties in technological expertise needed to reach a successful development of these tools, as well as the lack of an effective and visible impact on the landscape of urban environments, of a visualization of the effects produced by critical and collective actions and reflections that are presumed to derive from its performance.
Analogical Smart Cities proposes an analogical re-interpretation in real scale of digital tools that are often used to visualize information related to public spaces design and management in cities. This re-interpretation consists on the physical drawing of the information and data on the surface of the elements referred to. This action would be carried out by the citizens themselves.
Analogical Smart Cities aims to generate an expertise of citizens by making technical languages, often used to represent complex data, familiar to them, as well as a development of critical and propositional abilities to promote citizenship active participation in evaluation and decision-making processes related to public spaces in their cities.
Analogical Smart Cities would make it possible for citizens to make an objective evaluation and ranking of public spaces according to its performance in response to technical considerations:
* What is the ambient noise level on a street at rush hour?
* How do shadows of trees change its position on a public square during a journey?
* What are the patterns and intensity of use and the circulatory flows on a public space?
* What is the energy consumption level used to light an avenue for a year?
* What is the level of CO2 emissions due to materials used to pave a sidewalk?