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Creating liveable spaces through open data

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Together we can increase neighbourhood liveability to create a resilient, climate-friendly environment.  

Berlin/Brandenburg is already one of the regions with the highest number of DIY air quality sensors installed. Using these sensors and networks for evidence-based policymaking combined with other city datasets will lead to smarter cities and smarter citizens.


A first experiment is about creating more liveable city environments in Berlin neighbourhoods by extending existing proven formats like “Tag des guten Lebens”, which brings together neighbours at various street events where citizens, local businesses, and local civil society organizations discuss various subjects. KiezConnect is a second format that organizes citizen gatherings on the street to discuss policy-related subjects like climate change, mobility, liveable (car-free) zones to create a more liveable and greener city. Affordable DIY sensor technology will be rolled out to support both initiatives and to provide evidence-based information to support the debate and transformation of Berlin as a digital city for citizens and local businesses. 


A second experiment will focus on the effects of local car traffic-free zones. A first concrete implementation extending an already running initiative “Temporäre Spielstraßen” (temporary play streets) which have recently been introduced at a larger scale during the pandemic will measure the effect by using DIY traffic count and air quality sensors to measure the modal shift and air quality in the playstreet itself and the surrounding streets. A publicly available dashboard will monitor the effects before and after implementing. Similar approaches around schools, temporary events like local festivals will be scrutinized and where possible implemented.

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Experiments will be supported by:

Climate change, demographic transition and economic structure transition place technical, economic, social and cultural infrastructures under pressure to innovate. inter 3 provides practice-oriented research and consultancy on flexible, adaptable semi- and decentralised infrastructures – for the prosperity of businesses and regions and for the standard of living of the citizens. With entrepreneurial thinking, social responsibility and international experience we develop workable solutions.

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As a Citizen Science Volunteer you will

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The initiative is still in very early planning  stages but you can register your expression of interest via email below.



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