Smart City: the 8th INPUT Conference
8th International Conference on Innovation in Urban and Regional Planning
4 to 6 June 2014
Congress Center of the University of Naples “Federico II”
Department of Civil, Building and Environmental Engineering (Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Edile e Ambientale) of the University of Naples “Federico II” and by the Department of Engineering (Dipartimento di Ingegneria) of the University of Sannio.
Since the first conference, held in 1999, INPUT has represented an opportunity to reflect on the use of Information and Communication Technologies as key planning support tools. It has especially focused on models, techniques, and tools used to support planning processes, paying special attention to case-studies and shedding light on issues related to democracy, efficiency, sustainability, and equity in planning.
The general theme of INPUT 2014 is: “Smart City: planning for energy, transportation and sustainability of the urban system“. Smart City seems to be the new dimension every city should aim at. From an urban planning point of view, it’s not very clear which is the best way to achieve this new dimension and more fundamentally what a “smart city” actually is.
At present, the questions widely spreading among cities are: how is it possible to become a smart city? Which factors are strategic to drive the cities towards this new dimension? How can urban smartness be promoted? The conference tries to answer these questions by adopting a new approach to study the city and to discover a new urban way of planning, in order to drive the city development towards sustainable states. This allows to consider the city as a Technological innovation as a whole, which is a key factor interacting with the different urban dimensions, not only in a mechanic way.
The conference aims at investigating this new urban dimension within the field of urban sciences and considering the relationship between technological innovation and town planning.
Prof. Giovanni A. RABINO