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"Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions”


A. Bisello, D. Vettorato, P. Laconte, S. Costa (Eds.): "Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions. Results of SSPCR 2017". Series: Green Energy and Technology.

  • Offers a unique merger between planning and other disciplines on the smart and sustainable city concept
  • Provides theoretical and operative approaches from Europe and beyond to inspire policymakers
  • Addresses the most challenging research issues concerning smart cities and sustainable development

This book comprises a selection of the top contributions presented at the second international conference “Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions 2017”, held in March 2017 in Bolzano, Italy. Featuring forty-six papers by policy-makers, academics and consultants, it discusses current groundbreaking research in smart and sustainable planning, including the progress made in overcoming cities’ challenges towards improving the quality of life. Climate change adaptation and mitigation of global warming, generally identified as drivers of global policies, are just the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to smart energy transition. Indeed, equally relevant towards this current transformation – and key topics in this volume – are ICTs, public spaces and society; next economy for the city; strategies and actions for good governance; urban-rural innovation; rethinking mobility. The book’s depth in understanding and insightfulness in re-thinking demonstrate the breaking of new ground in smart and sustainable planning. A new ground that policy-makers, academics and consultants may build upon as a bedrock for smart and sustainable planning.

Leaflet of the 2016 + 2018 books

Keynote address

The introductory keynote address was given by Pierre Laconte: “Smart and sustainable cities: what is smart? what is sustainable?”.

Other references

Forthcoming publication

“Energy, mobility and quality of life: from global to local” (2019)

The 2019 publication, as a follow-up of the 2016 one, further explores the future of energy production and consumption at GLOBAL level. It also further explores their relationship with mobility and quality of life, with special emphasis on governance and corporate responsibility in saving resources.
At LOCAL level it focuses on the case of the central Belgium conurbation, challenged by a dispersed governance leading to both excess reliance on fossil energy, and excess of road traffic, both affecting mobility and quality of life.

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