Vol. 9 No. 3-4 (2016): Serie 13


Published 2019-11-05

How to Cite

Mezzapelle, D. (2019). SMARTNESS COME «STILE DI VITA»: APPROCCI ALLA DISCUSSIONE. Bollettino Della Società Geografica Italiana, 9(3-4), 489 - 501. https://doi.org/10.13128/bsgi.v9i3-4.483


The attempt to outline new forms or new trajectories about the future city represents an attractive challenge, all the more if the research starts from the interesting dichotomy competitiveness/vulnerability that affects the city conceived and observed according to the new values of smartness. So, the aim of the paper is to contribute to a discussion and a possible definition of urban smartness concept, which is so pervading in actual paradigms, generating a varied phenomenology and even more considerable amount of smart cities. Analysis wants to investigate the closer connection between smartness and urbanity, where, in an intense smart cities proliferation, none other future seems possible for the city than that «intelligence based». Moreover, the analysis aims to understand the new urban order dynamics, by his strength points (competitiveness) and weak points (vulnerability), examining in depth the relation between smartness and territorial dimension and seeking an optimal scale of applied smartness, eventually exceeding that of urban borders. Finally, the evocation of famous essay by Louis Wirth is justified by the revolutionary reach that an innovative perspective, then and now, establishes about the issue: is the smartness a widespread, universal and absolute phenomenon which identifies a new future
«way of life»?