Norrkoping empowers its citizens in urban planning

By on 22 May, 2012
The City of Norrköping, in Sweden, has launched a new web service empowering its citizens to plan the future city centre. The project was initiated by the city planning office of Norrköping to communicate plans for the new city centre as well as engage the citizens to contribute with ideas.
In the service, based on Agency9 CityPlanner, the user easily navigates in an interactive 3D view of Norrköping and explores the city. Information points provide details in text, images and 3D models. Most important for planning and community engagement, the user can then comment and read others’ comments directly in the 3D environment. 
Unlike traditional physical models in closed exhibition halls, the web service is available to citizens 24 hours a day, and without the need to leave home. This is a new channel to attract people of the younger generations and people too busy to visit exhibition meetings and hearing meetings. It is also a new way of clearly communicating projects and to build positive support for proposed plans. The service was released by Norrköping Municipality in connection with a local real estate event on April 13-15.
“We are overwhelmed by the positive response from citizens and media. Already after a few days there were many qualified comments from citizens proving its value. The attractive near-reality presentation of the city in 3D, combined with the simplicity in accessing information, brings clarity and makes it easy to create interest from citizens. We will continuously monitor the inputs as contribution in our development of the city.” says Dag Johansson City Architect of Norrköping
You can view the project, “Vision Industrilandskap”, live, here

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