How to be smart in modern cities – Collegium Da Vinci Poznań

How to be smart in modern cities

This question is answered by the team of Urban Management and Information Technology students at CDV!

How to be smart in modern cities? Recently, this question has been answered by students of Collegium Da Vinci!

Second and third year students of Urban Management presented their urban solutions as part of the Studio Ideal City and Studio Smart City projects.

In turn, IT students – the concept of Technology Simplified – learning about technology by elderly people, involving the inclusion of seniors in the process of technological change. The aim was to develop a program integrating the basic knowledge about the functioning of the Internet with the practical aspects of using basic technological tools.

What are the students` projects about?

  • In the Studio Smart City project, students worked on the ideological project of a city created practically from scratch (e.g. in difficult climatic conditions – the desert), proposing spatial, functional and environmental solutions, as well as a social and management model which, in their opinion, defines the city and society as smart.
    The aim was, inter alia, a critical view and interpretation of what it means to be smart and / or intelligent in the context of designing the city space, organizing its functioning, pro-ecological solutions, functioning of the inhabitants, and access to culture.
  • Studio Ideal City is a project that defines the most important, in the opinion of students, elements of the city, which bring it closer to the so-called the ideal model. The project is based on the existing knowledge of students gathered within the Studio, starting from the first semester.
    At each stage of learning, students gained knowledge about the formation and functioning of cities, the processes shaping the city, space design, urban functionalities affecting the quality of life, economy, management, social and economic trends, expansion of suburbs, public spaces, cultural diversity, city identity.
  • The basis for the project were actually existing cities, for which students designed solutions and ideas related to their future development, quality of development, response to the climate crisis, shaping pro-social attitudes or local cooperation.


Students` presentations and their credits
Students` presentations and their credits
Students` presentations and their credits

Urban Management is the only one in Poland – innovative and multidisciplinary – course in English (required level B1 – intermediate), which was created in close cooperation with Breda University of Applied Sciences, one of the best international universities in the Netherlands.

Urban Management prepares you to live and work in a globalized world. It helps to develop the skills needed to be successful in the labor market, the traditional model of which is undergoing a clear transformation. Ability to cooperate, creative problem-solving, curiosity about the world, observation skills and analytical thinking – these are, apart from specialist knowledge, desirable features in the field of urban management.

Urban Management creates an inspiring, international environment for students to develop and practice.

The projects were carried out in the spaces of the RDH Urban studio in Poznań, which specializes in the preparation, management and implementation of urban projects aimed at integrated solutions for the development of urban, rural and regional areas.

“It is a very good example of cooperation with business and creating a professional environment for Urban Management students. At the time of distance learning, we made our space in the Atelier available for the students of the Urban Management course, they could work there, exercise, use our library, work on mock-ups, and classes, including hybrid ones, were held. We didn't limit them to the time they could use the Atelier. Credit is the quintessence of a practically complete year of sharing and working together with students.”
Sylwia Mikołajczyk
Lecturer, Dean's Representative for the Urban Management course