Over the past year I've been collecting information about Smarter City initiatives that seem to be repeatedly successful in cities and regions around the world, and describing them as "design patterns". The design pattern has a long history of use in both urban design and technology and, while it has its limitations, it seems a useful tool for sharing knowledge between these two domains that come together in Smarter Cities.
I've just posted a description on my blog of new pattern, "Online Peer-to-Peer and Regional Marketplaces". The pattern explores the way communities and businesses have used online marketplaces to share information about the use, availability and impact of goods, services and resources such as water, energy, land, transport and food; and to enable transactions and choices that maximise sustainable, collective value in a locality. Examples include the "Big Barn" business-to-business marketplace for local food; Shutl's marketplace for the delivery of goods bought online; and the recycling network Freecycle.
The design pattern is described here:
The wider collection of design patterns, and the reasons for building it up, are described here:
Patterns work best when they are created collaboratively; I would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to contribute a pattern to my initiative; if you have comments on the patterns that I've described so far; or if there is a similar existing initiative that you think I should be aware of.