Smart City: How do we follow up Walloon projects? (report)

February 13, 2020: The Smart City Institute (SCI) publishes a new report about the evaluation of Smart City projects in Wallonia. To develop this qualitative study, 25 municipalities have answered their questions. The SCI reveals the main takeaways from these interviews. For several years, the Smart City dynamic has been growing in Wallonia. This [...]

Urban farmer Bankruptcy – GROOF report

In July 2018, one of the biggest European rooftop greenhouses (RTG) went bankrupt. Located in The Hague (Netherlands), this project, named UF002 De Schilde (UF), was built in 2016 and maintained by “Urban- Farmers”, a Swiss company which already made a pilot RTG based in Basel (Switzerland) in 2013. UF’s project produced tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and leafy greens on a 1 200 m² RTG; and fish, tilapia species (120m³), just beneath on the 6th floor of the building. The project total cost was 2,7 M€ which corresponds to 2 250€/m². Despite the project being developed by experienced urban growers, it had to close in 2018. […]

How to evaluate your Smart City projects? Consult our report!

  “Performance measurement”: an important step in the development of your Smart City strategy. Indeed, as indicated in the first volume of our Smart City Practical Guide , monitoring the evolution of projects, measuring the results and impacts of the strategy and the various projects implemented is crucial. This evaluation phase will not only help to legitimize your Smart Cities projects and policies, but also help to ensure their sustainable performance. As the adage goes, “what is not measured is not managed”! To help cities in this process, our researcher Audrey Lebas is publishing her first research report entitled: « Performance measurement in Smart Cities – An introductory report ». […]

New publication for the Smart City Institute !

The Smart City Institute is proud to announce the publication of a new scientific paper by Jonathan Desdemoustier (researcher for the SCI until February 2019), in collaboration with Prof. Nathalie Crutzen (Academic Director of the SCI), Mario Cools (University of Liège - ULiège, ArGEnCo Department, Transport and Mobility) and Jacques Teller (University of Liège [...]

Municipalities’ understanding of the Smart City concept: An exploratory analysis in Belgium

The Smart City Institute is proud to announce the publication of a new scientific paper written by Jonathan Desdemoustier, in collaboration with Prof. Nathalie Crutzen (Academic Director of the SCI) and Prof. Rudolf Giffinger (renowned expert in analytical research on urban and regional development at the Vienna University of Technology and originator of [...]

Belgian barometer 2018: Smart City strategies and projects in Belgium

  Discover now the results of the second research of Smart City Institute! In 2017, a first study leaded by the Institute allowed to take the pulse of the Smart City dynamics within our Belgian municipalities. In the first of 2018, some Walloons figures were released, demonstrating that the Walloon cities have well started the [...]

SMART CITY : Le Guide Pratique pour votre commune

Le 19 septembre 2017, à l’occasion du 2ème Salon Smart City Wallonia, le Smart City Institute dévoilera en exclusivité le premier Guide Pratique à destination des communes. Objectif : Accompagner les villes dans leurs démarches de transition pour devenir durables et intelligentes. […]

The state of development of Smart Cities in Belgium : a first statistical report

Smart Cities – First belgian barometer (FEB. 2017) This research relates the results of a quantitative research amongst Belgian municipalities. Pointing out key statistical observations, it provides the first scientific and quantitative state of the dynamics around the “Smart City” phenomenon in Belgium. The survey, conducted among 589 Belgian municipalities, is considered statistically representative of Belgian territorial and institutional realities (response rate = 19%). […]

The role of companies in “sustainable and smart city” initiatives in Belgium

The Smart City Institute is pleased to announce the publication of its second scientific report (in collaboration with The Shift). This scientific research aims at exploring the role of companies in "sustainable and smart city" initiatives in Belgium and it proposes a series of recommendations for key stakeholders. A summary as well as the report [...]

Smart Cities in Belgium: Qualitative analysis of 11 projects

The Smart City Institute has just published its first scientific report entitled : « Smart Cities in Belgium: Qualitative analysis of 11 projects » The research conducted in this report is qualitative in nature: eleven “Smart City” projects were studied in Belgium. The projects were selected in order to ensure geographical diversity — an initiative [...]