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Back to news room The Smartest Neighbourhood in the World

The Smartest Neighbourhood in the World

Habidatum has been working together with UNStudio, Felixx, Metabolic, UNSense to create a new urban vision for the smartest district in the Netherlands. UNStudio masterplan, which assumes mixed-use strategy both at the level of buildings and at the level of territories, is supported with data analytics using the sources like online maps, mobile apps, social and mobile networks.

Habidatum uses this diverse people-generated data on mobility and business activity to assess (1) the existing conditions (e.g. in the case of greenfield development we look at the accessibility of the location and its neighboring areas), and (2) the plan for the future, simulating possible patterns of socio-economic activities that will be generated by the development suggested by the master plan.

We look at the area through the lens of its analogs and based on their functional profile, daily dynamics of people’s activity and transport parameters.Through the use of machine-learning-backed prediction based on the training sample of the real-world sites-analogs, we suggest possible options for the general future pattern of human and business activity at Brainport Smart District.

“The smartest neighbourhood in the world”

Brainport Smart District (BSD) – the future living envisioned by the UNStudio is currently being developed in Helmond’s Brandevoort District in the Netherlands.

Citing the architects, the area will be the ‘living lab’: a mixed residential neighborhood organised around a central park and surrounded by business spaces and natural reserves. The district aims to develop a new relationship between buildings and landscape, whereby both strengthen each other qualitatively, while the landscape is used as a productive environment for food, energy, water, waste processing and biodiversity.

Unlike most developments, Brainport Smart District is going to have a flexible grid-style masterplan – the area will be built according to residents’ needs, in response to their demand. The idea is to create a sustainable and unique living concept, one which embraces experimentation and ‘learning by doing’.

Full analysis here.


This analysis is part of a series of publications resulting from FIABCI's partnership with Habidatum.


About Habidatum

Habidatum is a software and data analytics company, assisting policymakers and businesses in understanding the hyper-dynamic urban environment through advanced analytics of diverse data sources driven by machine learning and interactive visualization.

Habidatum operates as a gateway between the professional communities who require data-driven insights and data carriers.

The company was founded in 2014 by a collaboration between professional urban planners and digital designers. Since 2014, the company has worked in more than 20 cities globally including London, New York, Moscow, Dubai, Singapore, Pune, Denver, and Miami.

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