(Re)Locating networks and physical boundaries: a Critical Reflection on today’s Italian Governing Technology-based Urbanism

Authors: Paola Zamperlin*, University of Florence, Chiara Garau, University of Cagliari, Margherita Azzari, University of Firenze
Topics: Urban Geography, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: smart cities, or smart territories, big data, IoT, IoE, urban dashboards
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: President's Boardroom, Omni, East
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Nowadays, the vision of 'smart development', based on a technology paradigm, increasingly shapes current urbanism even if, particularly in Italy, the old rules of planning and territory management are no longer appropriate to respond to a growing issues and complexities of cities. This is due also to the nature of transformations that affect the city itself and that act on the most common spatial directions (at a global, regional and local level). In this current urban scenario characterised by the pervasiveness of concepts such as smart cities, or smart territories, big data, IoT, IoE, and data aggregations such as urban dashboards, the relative and institutional spatial fixity of the city is no longer, by itself, a limit in which to predispose the rules of a smart governance. New networks, new boundaries, new habits and also new relationships must be governed. This will lead to new approaches and innovative forms of governance, which will become stronger and more radical and at the same time allow a joint action plan, able to improve decision-making and problem-solving processes.
Based on these considerations, this paper wants to give answers to the questions: How does the relationship between government and civil society change in the era of digital data?; In what way can we relocate the today’s networks and physical boundaries?
Finally, this paper will critically analyse opportunities, issues and potentialities of today’s Italian governing technology-based urbanism through critical reflections on Italian case studies.

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