The Rapid Planning team can look back together on very exciting and successful days at this year’s Metropolitan Solutions exhibition, the world's biggest conference fair for strategies and solutions in the field of smart and green city development. Rapid Planning as a trans-sectoral joint research project was positioned as a strategic interface between the rather sector-related technology visions and solutions of the 150 companies and city planners from all over the world. As contributions to the “City of the Future” the ideas and visions ranged from sophisticated waste management concepts to intelligent mobility and parking guidance systems, just to name a few. As a result of the 27 conferences and workshops, which were partly held simultaneously, the meeting showed clearly that the rapid growth and its consequences on the use of resources and infrastructure systems is one of the biggest challenges the metropolitan areas have to deal with. Thus the smart city of the future has to anticipate the dramatic increasing demand on resources and has to plan appropriate and sustainable supply and disposal infrastructure. Many interested visitors at the Rapid Planning booth also emphasized the importance and need of a trans-sectoral data gathering and planning approach for an effective planning of suitable infrastructure solutions for both, emerging and developed cities. The Rapid Planning method for rapid data gathering should not be confused here with inaccurate and haste planning which leads most probably to not sustainable solutions. Fruitful discussions revolved around this insight. Many visitors like a high ranked delegation of Chinese city planners and decision makers were very much interested in the Rapid Planning approach of citizen participation on community and district level. Here the ground for further discussions and potential collaborations was prepared.
All in all, Metropolitan Solutions was a great encouragement and affirmation for the Rapid Planning team to be on the right track with his trans-sectoral and integrated planning methodology for sustainable infrastructure, environmental and resource management in highly dynamic metropolises.