Human Smart Cities

Rethinking the Interplay between Design and Planning

  • Grazia Concilio
  • Francesca Rizzo

Part of the Urban and Landscape Perspectives book series (URBANLAND)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Needs for New Durable Visions

  3. Complex Participatory Design Processes

  4. Innovating Governance and Economic Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Francesco Molinari
      Pages 121-140
    3. Eugenio Leanza, Gianni Carbonaro
      Pages 175-194
  5. Experiences

  6. Grazia Concilio, Francesca Rizzo
    Pages E1-E1
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 239-255

About this book


Within the most recent discussion on smart cities and the way this vision is affecting urban changes and dynamics, this book explores the interplay between planning and design both at the level of the design and planning domains’ theories and practices.
Urban transformation is widely recognized as a complex phenomenon, rich in uncertainty. It is the unpredictable consequence of complex interplay between urban forces (both top-down or bottom-up), urban resources (spatial, social, economic and infrastructural as well as political or cognitive) and transformation opportunities (endogenous or exogenous).

The recent attention to Urban Living Lab and Smart City initiatives is disclosing
a promising bridge between the micro-scale environments, with the dynamics of such forces 
and resources, and the urban governance mechanisms. This bridge is represented by those urban collaborative environments, where processes of smart service co-design take place through dialogic interaction with and among citizens within a situated and cultural-specific frame.


Urban Ecosystems Participatory Design Smart Cities Planning Design Thinking Service Design Socio-digital Innovation Urban Governance Urban Innovation

Editors and affiliations

  • Grazia Concilio
    • 1
  • Francesca Rizzo
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Architecture and Urban StudiesPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly
  2. 2.Department of Architecture and Territorial DevelopmentUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly

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