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The F>P Framework, an emerging architecture

The F>P Framework, an emerging architecture
Submitted by Adam Beck on August 11, 2021

We have always committed to sharing our progress on the F>P project, and would like to provide an overview on where the project stands.

The past three months have seen the F>P Task Force, Policy and Leadership Committee and Global Advisory Board contribute their views on the emerging intersections of people, place, technology and data.

Monthly meetings combined with public webinars, discovery sessions and roundtables have enabled the Smart Cities Council to build a Future of Place Handbook Discovery Board.

This Discovery Board is presented on this viewable canvas (using the Miro platform).

It provides a summary of ideas, thoughts and views on how technology and data is influencing the future of place, and how we might be able to form guidance for policy makers and practitioners.

While the F>P Handbook is still unknown in terms of form, its content and function is emerging. And to help with this scoping of the Handbook is an underpinning framework.

The F>P Framework has the following draft architecture (which we are seeking feedback on):

  • The F>P goals - guided by the global goals (UN Sustainable Development Goals)

  • The F>P scope - from the street, to buildings, to neighbourhoods, to cities and to regions

  • The F>P enablers - drawing on the underpinning smart places function - 'collect', 'communicate' and 'crunch' data - three key categories of technology and data enablers are identified as 1) sensors and data collectors, 2) digital networks and data storage and 3) data analytics and visualisation

  • The F>P Innovations - from e-commerce, IoT, micro-mobility and mixed reality, to Digital Twins, QR codes and collaborative consumption

  • The F>P impacts and opportunities - understanding the potential for how and where enablers and innovations can do harm, and how we negate it, while harnessing the power of these enablers and innovations to supercharge social and planetary good

  • The F>P principles - how people and place must inform technology and data design and development while nurturing the ways technology and data can help amplify benefits for people and place

  • The F>P Handbook - the guidance needed to help policymakers, practitioners and academics achieve these principles, and ultimately the F>P goals.

The link above can be viewed by the public, and comments can be posted. We encourage you to take a look and share your views.

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