Deadline per abstract submissioneadline: 31 dicembre 2020.

Smart-city inventiveness is rapidly influencing the processes of urban development. This shift and the consequent impact in many areas (population growth, mobility, energy, healthcare, technology, etc.) has motivated public administrators and stakeholders to foresee, plan, and integrate the existing facilities of cities and communities in order to improve individual and collective well-being. These new ongoing processes aims to facilitate good urban strategies, policies, and short and long-term actions, by triggering a greater economic, social, and environmental sustainability. Focusing on urban government and smart city inventiveness, this Special Issue critically explores (but is not limited to) these relevant topics: (1) How can we govern current and future urban trends, enhancing the dynamic synergies between the material and immaterial data of a city (big data, IoT/IoE, sensor networks, blockchain, etc.) (2) How can we govern the urban and regional relationships without compromising urban-land synergies (between the city and the territory), also in term of mobility and of distributive logistics. (3) How “smart city policies” have impact on the city and regional economies, by making cities competitive at national and international level (4) How can we govern the urban and regional relationships between advanced technology and metamorphosis smart city (competitiveness, cohesion, conservation, …)

The Smart city paradigm has evolved from a technology-driven point of view of solutions for cities, to an integrated approach combining the hardware—the ICT platforms—with the software—the human components of governance and the bottom up approach of inventiveness.

The inventiveness of the smart city is rapidly influencing urban development processes—especially in those areas with high population growth and social fragility—energy and mobility, health and sport, technology and education. They motivate public administrators, even among themselves, in metropolitan cities to plan and integrate the existing structures of cities and communities in order to improve collective well-being.

The good practices related to strategies, policies and urban actions in the short and long term, are in fact able to trigger greater economic, social and environmental sustainability, as long as they are suitable for the urban-territorial context.

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