Meeting with residents on ‘BUILDING and TECHNOLOGY’ on 23 November

On this day we delved more deeply into the technical side of the district with the future residents. Into the hardware, as it were.

In the meeting on the Automotive Campus in Helmond, near Brandevoort, various physical topics in the District of the Future were discussed. The group was smaller than at the previous meetings, but the discussions were no less animated because of it.
The purpose of the evening was to share knowledge about construction, data and other technical aspects with each other, to go in-depth and collect agenda items for 2018: what are we going to work on?



The idea that there will be room for different forms of living was highly appreciated. That is to say, different forms of living, of financing and different legal constructions.
Technological developments in the areas of traffic and mobility can take us a long way. Examples would be new ways of laying out the public space, e.g. with sensors and self-driving cars.Or drones taking packages to peoples roofs or balconies: direct, safe and personal.
The attendees saw lots of opportunities for work in the district, e.g. in food production, new offices or working from home.
The working groups on data usage were very well attended. It is a subject where many people saw opportunities provided we use it right and have proper safeguards in place. You have to stay smart in this district: in an eco-smart district you don’t have parties with the windows open, either physical or digital windows.
One of the people present stated that Helmond’s image is not especially helpful in this project. Brandevoort has a much better reputation, so generally she would say: ‘I am a Helmonder, but I live in Brandevoort.’

Point by point

Construction and living
– Global connections
– Opportunities: I want new construction because making homes smart is much harder in the present situation
– Non-standard is more attractive
– High-rise has a lower footprint, both literally and figuratively: it is greener, and a more relevant showcase for the rest of the world (Asia, Africa, big urban centres).
– Make the district an eye-catcher in any case
– 3D printer, Cradle to Cradle, financing forms, necessity of circular economy
– New forms of living together, community building, new forms of financing
– Quieter than city centre
– CPO and other self-development
– Green, safe, hightech inside and outside the home
– Space and light
– Flexibility of the home
– Work in district itself


– Sensors and air quality
– Older people suffering from dementia: local people can keep an eye on them through app
– How polluting is data storage?
– Data security is important. Legal? Theft? Terrorism?
– Privacy should not become a luxury: can only people with money afford privacy?
– Who owns the data: 3 levels
o Personally ‘sensitive’
o Personally ‘shareable’
o General neighbourhood data
– Become member of platform, good accessibility.
– Selling data: criteria? Highest bidder? Party that gives something back
– Data sharing allowed if it serves a common interest
– Be clear on the objectives
– Ease / social / financial
– Safe / healthy / well-being
– Cannot be used against you
– How do you protect people against themselves and the sharing of all data
– Analyse, make rules
– Individuals can opt out
– Use for data democracy.


– Public transport is thought of as highly inefficient, costs lots of time, too centralised, why not more intensive network
– Cycling must be safer
– Cars
o Autonomous shared vehicles
o Owned and shared by private individuals
o Owned and shared by companies
o Free-floating car sharing: you can drop them off anywhere, not necessarily in pick-up spot
– Traffic janitor:
o Interesting idea to handle offering mobility through some kind of janitor: but can’t we just use an app for this?
o Can also include private cars
o How to ensure enough cars at peak times?
– Water / locks:
o Delivery services
o App arrangement, or locker outside home
o Less traffic


– Themes discussed were: reliable, sustainable, possible subsidies and self-sufficiency
– Building/asset
o The home as an power station
o Data
o Privacy/security
o Comfort/costs
– Infra
o Wireless charging
o Learning adaptive build-up
o Battery
§ District storage
§ Fire risks
o Sufficient capacity
– Underground
o CO2 storage
o Gas storage
o Shale gas
o Geothermal (risk of earthquakes)
– Hydrogen
o Explosion risk?