Lesson 1 - Inhabitants respond very positive to the Virtual City approach. They feel better informed about spatial plans and taken more seriously. They take the opportunity to respond and to discuss the subject with other visitors of the virtual city.
Lesson 2 - This kind of technology and functionality needs to be implemented as a normal municipal infrastructure.
Lesson 3 - Coming up with excellent ideas is important. Being able, in one way or the other, to implement new ideas,represents the real challenge. The quality of the cityâ€™s administration determines whether decisions can be reached within months instead of years.
Lesson 4 - This tool for interaction and communication offers various new possibilities. Much has to be learnt about how and when this tool can be applied in an optimal way. For achieving sufficient progress, Virtual Cities should be applied proactively, in a creative and flexible way. Many experiments may be expected from the Virtual Cities.
Lesson 5 - Research by the Dutch Railways, now a user of the virtual world, has shown that research in a virtual world is a good substitute for research in a tangible physical environment. After a few minutes, visitors are alreadyÂ experiencing the virtual worldÂ similar to the physical.Â