Smart City, Metropolitan Areas and Competitiveness: the Case Study of Florence

  • Carmela Gargiulo Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (DICEA) - University Federico II of Naples
  • Maria Rosa Tremiterra Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (DICEA) - University Federico II of Naples
Keywords: Smart City, Competitiveness, Metropolitan City of Florence, Innovation and Knowledge, Tourism and Cultural Heritage


In several urban contexts, the definition of a new development process is arising and it is focused on the use and the application of new technologies in different areas of the urban system. Such new development process is aimed at increasing life quality and local communities wellness and at promoting the creation of a more efficient and more sustainable urban system, as well as at making it more competitive. The issue of the reorganization of metropolitan areas is combined with such process, following the recent approval of the Delrio Law that establishes the Metropolitan City in Italy, as government authority of the metropolitan areas. Smart City, Metropolitan Areas and Competitiveness are the three topics of this paper, which aim is the description of the most innovative politics and initiatives adopted in the Metropolitan City of Florence that is proposed as a case study where such topics are combined.


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Author Biographies

Carmela Gargiulo, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (DICEA) - University Federico II of Naples

Associate professor of Urban Planning Techniques at the University of Naples Federico II. Since 1987 she has been involved in studies on the management of urban and territorial transformations. Since 2004, she has been Member of the Researcher Doctorate in Hydraulic, Transport and Territorial Systems Engineering of the University of Naples “Federico II”. She is Member of the Committee of the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department of the University of Naples “Federico II”. Her research interests focus on the processes of urban requalification, on relationships between urban transformations and mobility, and on the estate exploitation produced by urban transformations. On these subjects she has co-ordinated research teams within National Project such as Progetto Finalizzato Edilizia – Sottoprogetto “Processi e procedure” (Targeted Project on Building – Subproject “Processes and procedures), from 1992 to 1994; Progetto Strategico Aree Metropolitane e Ambiente, (Strategic Project Metropolitan Areas and Environment) from 1994 to 1995; PRIN project on the “Impacts of mobility policies on urban transformability, environment and property market” from 2011 to 2013. Scientific Responsible of the Project Smart Energy Master for the energy management of territory financed by PON 04A2_00120 R&C Axis II, from 2012 to 2015. She is author of more than 90 publications.

Maria Rosa Tremiterra, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (DICEA) - University Federico II of Naples

Engineer, 2nd (level) University Master degree in Municipal Planning at University of Naples Federico II. She received a master’s degree in Architecture and Building Engineering with a thesis on sustainable mobility in the European cities. In 2014, she won a one-year grant for post-lauream education and research within the Project Smart Energy Master at the Department of Civil Engineering, Building and Environmental Engineering, University of Naples Federico II.


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How to Cite
Gargiulo, C., & Tremiterra, M. R. (2015). Smart City, Metropolitan Areas and Competitiveness: the Case Study of Florence. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 8(2), 203-218.
Land Use, Mobility and Environment