1. Citizen Engagement
Lyon’s demonstration area is Lyon Confluence - one of the largest urban redevelopment projects in France (150 ha – 600 000 m2 existing floor area – 1.000.000 m2 of new buildings). It is the first WWF approved urban development in France with an ambitious target of zero increase of greenhouse gas emissions.
The inhabitants of the neighbourhood reflect the diversity of the population (in terms of income, socio-professional category and age). Lyon-Confluence is a place to live and work with housings, office spaces, and public equipment.
Since the beginning of the urban project (around 2000), communication activities have been an important feature in order:
- to inform the general public about the advancement of the urban project
- to co-design some features of the urban project
- to participate in various experiments, in particular within international projects
- to reduce the environmental impacts of the area
The Expo House of the Lyon-Confluence area is now well recognised by the inhabitants, and strong links have been set up with local actors: companies, inhabitants, owners, public and cultural actors
On this basis, the features of the citizen engagement within Smarter Together will consist in the design of the Lyon-Confluence Living Lab, by updating the existing Expo House of the Lyon-Confluence Urban project and by integrating new activities related to smart city: information about the projects of the Smarter Together Lyon Lighthouse project: implementation of new energy capacity production (like district heating and photovoltaic), opportunities to undertake the eco-refurbishment of buildings, co-design and test of urban services via regular workshops
Target group in energy sector: groups of owners, inhabitants, workers