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Namur – the “Living Lab” of Belgium where citizens can collaborate on creative projects

It is looking to earn the title - smart city
  • August 27, 2018 16:00
  • Author Monika Dimitrova
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Namur is located in south-central Belgium at the confluence of the Meuse and Sambre rivers, and it is the capital city of the Wallonia region. Home to a population of around 110,000 people, the city may be small in size, but historically it’s one of the more powerful in Europe, with a former military citadel considered among the most fortified constructions on the continent. Now Namur, is looking to earn the title - smart city. A new project in the historic centre is operating as a “living lab,” where citizens can gather and collaborate on creative projects.

With Namur Innovative City Lab, the city is looking to attract projects that fall into 3 key areas: artistic, commercial and new technology. Currently, there are 11 projects underway that will help promote smart urban innovation and create a network of businesses, developers, designers, students, and technicians who can contribute to the city’s creative economy. In an effort to see these projects come to fruition, the city has carved out 34 business parks, 30 incubators, 1,300 fully equipped hectares, thematic business parks, and a property database. By incorporating citizen-oriented goals and developing an online portal connecting the political side of the city with its citizens, Namur is creating a framework for its future as a smart city, while promoting a more collaborative and sustainable community in the process.

Source: Smart Cities Council