The Background: A Critical Analysis of the Ongoing Milan ICT Projects [chapter]

Corinna Morandi, Stefano Di Vita
2015 SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology  
This chapter aims at introducing the rapid development of the smart city concept and its different meanings and at highlighting at the same time its potentials and risks through a review of bibliographical references: from the original concepts of intelligent, digital and creative city, to the recent ones of human smart city and sensible city. Considering the Italian context, in light of a smart concept that to date has been mainly restricted to the urban scale, Milan is investing significant
more » ... forts and resources in smart city projects, also in relation to the 2015 Universal Exhibition. Many initiatives have been directly launched or supported by the municipality, while others have been promoted by the mega-event management company Expo 2015 Spa. Whilst Milan is the main urban pole of a larger metropolitan area that extends beyond the traditional administrative boundaries (metropolitan and regional) and is included in the wider Northern Italy city-region context and whilst the theme of Expo 2015 (Feeding the planet, energy for life) directly involves the agricultural area all around the inner city, the research project suggests a shift from a smart city concept to a smart region one ( Fig. 2.1) . In this perspective, it also suggests to pay particular attention not only to the main urban centers but also, and especially, to the peri-urban and intra-urban areas in order to remedy their marginality with respect to the stronger nodes.
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-17338-2_2 fatcat:gproskebbfbubocxs6ua2jbcnu