Urban areas have become the hubs for development in the last 20 years. Negative aspects such as rapid population growth, the transformation of economic production and environmental impacts as well as positive aspects such as technology development and the increase in the level of education are just some of the interacting factors in our living environment. These multi-dimensional interactions of urbanization have called for a new approach for challenges in the urban areas.
IDEMA works to create strategies to bring the vision of urban innovation to municipalities, development agencies and related companies to be used as a starting point in urban renewal and innovative urban governance. To actualize urban innovation and share the vision with all urban actors, www.sorumlusehirler.org (Responsible City)’ has been launched. IDEMA is planning to contribute to children’s involvement with urban life and renewal with an application called ‘Urban Child’ that is still under development. Along with these, IDEMA’s internal and external experts are active participants of partnerships such as Child Friendly Cities, Smart Cities and ‘Transatlantic Cities’.
Under the vision of actualizing urban innovation, IDEMA is contributing to activities such as involvement of cities in international processes, visits to successful cities, urban innovation reports, and training for urban workers on new approaches to urban governance.
IDEMA has been focusing on maps and mapping for the last 5 years. IDEMA has been using socioeconomic mapping to bring together urban data and maps together to offer services in the urban situation, develop strategies and sustainable urban renewal work to be utilized on socioeconomic development projects.
Citizen report cards are visualized by maps and are used to communicate the views and the suggestions of citizens and groups such as women, child, disabled and youth on various subjects to the municipalities, mayors, urban governors, provosts, provost candidates, parliamentarians and companies on a neighborhood level.
Strategic planning is an important device that is used for future plans and investments in urban areas. Strategic plans must be in alignment with global and national development priorities. Furthermore, they must be participative and inclusionary in order to ensure that the citizens and the stakeholders internalize them.
Using Participative and Inclusionary Strategic Planning approach, IDEMA is contributing to the urban planning processes, primarily to the ones in the municipalities by its strategic planning service. IDEMA ensures that the decisions taken are compatible in short, mid and long-term with the strategic plan by a software codeveloped with the strategic plan.