The increasing availability of data creates new opportunities not only for monitoring and management but also for changing the way we describe, understand and design cities, challenging many fundamental assumptions of city design and planning professions.

In order to promote the innovative education and training that emerging technologies require higher educational institutions together with industrial partners have created the Knowledge Alliance for Advanced Urbanism (KA-AU).

The group understand “Advanced Urbanism” as the sensitive integration of ICT in cities, taking in consideration cultural heritage, environmental and social dimension issues. “Advanced Urbanism” is about designing and planning processes instead of just concrete artefacts, linking citizens, business and governments into sustainable urban business cultures. “Advanced Urbanism” requires changing traditional design and planning practices towards more open, collaborative and interdisciplinary practices.

KA-AU develops courses, symposiums and an educational and training platform, with the objective of offering participants the possibility to engage in a professional environment.