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Fanny von Heland

Fanny von Heland works in Ericsson Research with building sustainability expertise and leveraging ICT to support the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She received her PhD in Sustainability Science from the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden, in 2014 and joined Ericsson in September the same year.

Fanny von Heland

Designing for smarter cities with mixed reality

How can we promote collaborative governance and urban sustainability when planning for the cities of the future?

We believe that mixed reality offers interesting opportunities to engage citizens who are normally excluded from the planning process, and whose participation is important to foster urban sustainability.

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A tool for citizen participation

In partnership with UN-Habitat, Ericsson has carried out a social impact assessment of the use of Minecraft as a community participation tool in public space design in Kirtipur, Nepal.
The aim of the study was twofold: First, it explored the potential of Minecraft to foster greater citizen participation in urban design and decision making. Second, it examined social impacts associated with the use of Minecraft, both at and individual and community level.

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