Entering the age of smart and sharing cities

Requalifcation and regeneration of urban areas

Boeri and Foot have underscored the transformation that is taking place in our cities. A transformation that cannot come about unless increasing attention is devoted to environmental, social and economic sustainability, whether the city in question is a historic centre to be safeguarded or a periphery to be regenerated.

“We are talking about a momentous change,” explains Cristina Tajani, Councillor for Trade at the Milan City Council, and head of the Sharing Cities project, “in which people, local government, architects and planners must cooperate more and more closely in order to drive local development through innovation. Being a Smart City means much more than focussing on technology as a means of enhancing people’s quality of life: above all it means encouraging sharing and innovation.”

London, Milan, Lisbon, Bordeaux and Warsaw are in fact sharing and adopting know-how, resources, infrastructure and systems for reducing the CO2 emissions from buildings, encouraging the use of public transportation and improving air quality.  “This forward-thinking process, along with the transformation of urbanised city areas such as abandoned railway yards into community meeting places, services, or city parks, will lead us into the cities of the future. This is also where the MADE expo show comes into its own as a magnet for innovation and research, and a source of solutions and materials for driving the transformation of our cities,” adds Cristina Tajani.