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The smart region: governing the transition to intelligent small urban areas

Mora, Luca; Branzanti, Caterina; Bolici, Roberto


Caterina Branzanti

Roberto Bolici


Cities and megacities are getting smart. This strategic transition might be considered as an effective tool to cope with a number of current issues such as the urban population growth, the rapid urbanisation and the social, economic and environmental crisis condition. However, the application of the smart city strategy has mainly involved large-size cities, excluding small towns and villages from this process of innovation and redevelopment of urban fabrics.
Coping with this aspect is crucial in countries like Italy which consists of a diffuse urban structure, constituted for its 70% of small urban areas with a population less than 5000 inhabitant. Clustering and networking might be considered as efficient tools to face criticalities connected to small urban areas, such as their individual lack of resources. This approach increases the possibility for asset enhancement through a cooperative system, which can take advantages from ‘intelligent’ infrastructures of the ICT sector.
Grounding on the smart city analysis, a governance model has been defined to effectively manage the transition to more intelligent small towns and villages, shifting from the urban level to the territorial one. This process has lead to the identification of the smart region which consists of a cluster of small urban areas, working together to frame a diffused smart city.
This scenario generates the ground to identify new research orientations within the field of Urban Technology Management, linked to an innovative model for the territorial development. Moreover, the spatial and conceptual framework of the smart region is closely connected to European Union's Smart Specialization policies and it might be implemented in the Italian context, creating the rationale for a nationwide project

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name Regional Studies Association Winter Conference 2012
Start Date Nov 23, 2012
End Date Nov 23, 2012
Acceptance Date Sep 17, 2012
Publication Date Nov 23, 2012
Deposit Date Aug 11, 2018
Publicly Available Date Aug 30, 2018
Book Title Smart, creative, sustainable, inclusive: territorial development strategies in the age of austerity
Keywords Smart cities, big data, digital infrastructure,
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Contract Date Aug 11, 2018


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