ICTs: interfaces between people and places

  • Corinna Morandi Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies.
  • Andrea Rolando Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies.
  • Stefano Di Vita Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies
Keywords: Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Smart (city-)region, Expo 2015, Bottom up, Servizi mobili, Innovazione territoriale, Mapping

Abstract

Although the spread of the smart city paradigm has been exponential, with a consequent decrease of part of its meaning, the smart city concept still suggests a system of innovative theories and practices. In this sense, the research “The smart region between Turin and Milan. Mobile services as drivers of spatial innovation towards Expo 2015” (Politecnico di Milano-Telecom Italia) is proposed as an opportunity for exploring the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to promote an integrated system of services at the regional scale, also in perspective of the 2015 Universal Exhibition. Considering the transformation of universities into one of the major players in the current processes of urban and regional development, the research (in progress) has chosen to focus on the physical and immaterial services provided by university campuses. The operational phase of the research was developed in the second half of 2012, with a first focus on the Città Studi area in Milan, where the Sustainable Campus project (promoted by Politecnico and Università degli Studi di Milano) is going on. The outcome of the first implementation phase of the research has been the preliminary set up of two smartphone applications and the following development for the prototype of one of them. These APPs refer to some critical issues within the campus: the sharing of spaces for free study and work and the management of the demand and supply for the students housing. The project has also allowed to test a methodology with the aim of understanding the needs and of identifying the opportunities for the development of mobile services as interfaces between people and places in the campus and its urban context.


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Author Biographies

Corinna Morandi, Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies.

Full Professor in Town Planning and Urban Design at the Politecnico di Milano. The main research areas concern town planning in the metropolitan area of Milan and the role of commercial and multifunctional poles in urban dynamics. Member of the International PhD course in Urban Planning, Design and Policy, DAStU-Politecnico di Milano, she recently published Italy, In Sebastian Loew (ed.) Urban Design Practice: an International Review, London: Riba Publishing (2012); Retail and public policies supporting the attractiveness of Italian town centres: The case of the Milan central districts. URBAN DESIGN International Vol. 16, 3 (2011); Milan. The great urban transformation, Venezia: Marsilio (2007).

Andrea Rolando, Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies.

Associate professor at the Politecnico in Milano, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, where he researches and teaches in the fields of analysis and representation of urban and regional phenomena, with specific focus on the changes occurring in the region between Torino and Milano and on the relationship between spatial quality and infrastructures. He is principal academic tutor at Alta Scuola Politecnica and teaches Architecture and Tourism at Università di Milano Bicocca.

Stefano Di Vita, Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies

Architect and PhD in Urban Regional and Environmental Planning at the Politecnico di Milano, where he is contract professor in Urban Planning and Design and where he carries out research in Urban and Regional Planning and Geography on the issue of the sustainability in urban change. Currently research fellow at the Dipartimento di Architettura e Studi Urbani (DAStU), he has produced several studies and publications about the Milan Expo 2015 and the spatial impacts of mega-events.

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Published
2013-04-30
How to Cite
Morandi, C., Rolando, A., & Di Vita, S. (2013). ICTs: interfaces between people and places. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 6(1), 19-33. https://doi.org/10.6092/1970-9870/1456