The city of the future is already here?

How to say "Smart City" in Italian.

Material ConneXion® Italia has managed to unite institutions, companies, resear-chers and visionaries to create guidelines for a new urban, sustainable and integra-ted ecosystem.
We need to have a global perspective in order to identify the best local solutions. This is an approach favoured by "Smart City: People, Technology & Materials", an exhibition/event on a city of the future, now in its third edition, organised by Material ConneXion® Italia, a leading research & consultancy network on innovative and sustainable solutions with offices in New York, Tokyo, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Bilbao to name just a few.

"Smart City: People, Technology & Materials" has linked two key events organised in Milan. They focus on the areas which are crucial for the development of a Smart City: the Digital Week, focused on digital inno-vation & technology, and the Design Week with design at its core, from daily objects to urban planning through the use of new materials. The common goal is to identify trends and different lines of development to predict, on the one hand, and stimulate on the other hand the evolution of the urban ecosystem towards an ever-greater efficiency, sustainability and integration of services and access methods to the resources.
Rodrigo Rodriquez, Presidente Material Connexion Italia
As Rodrigo Rodriquez, President of Material ConneXion® Italia explains: "Our initiative is perfectly linked to the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015 and to the Paris Conference on Climate Change. Our global perspective is shared by our partners: the Municipality of Milan, the Lombardy Region, Assolombarda and the Milan-Monza-Brianza-Lodi Chamber of Commerce".

First of all, we should consider that there is a "Latin way" to build a Smart City described as: a city which is a system of valuable relationships where technology is an instrument of symbiosis and empathy. Architect Giulio Ceppi, curator of the exhibition, emphasises "the value of the Italian design in the context of design culture". He told us: "In the Latin culture there’s no "a priori" method but a continuous search for an ap-proach, as if we were facing a neuroscience of space, where passion and patience completely replace the arrogance of certainty. We believe that these are the Latin bases of a Smart City or a City by All, a place of distinct and different individuals who are able to look after each other and be aware of the unity but also go beyond themselves and their time".
The focus is to work on efficiency, sustainability and integration which all have one thing in common: they can only exist in harmony where there is a system in place, as discussed by the speakers of our event. The macro institutional players, large companies and utilities have the task of bringing their technical, technological and digital know-how but above all their organisational and coordination skills to crete networks, connections and multi-level systems.

According to Material ConneXion® & Smart City 2019, there are six Smart City development guidelines with numerous points of contact between the materials and technologies developed by Covestro. It all starts with advanced building and infrastructures, an approach to buildings where they are perceived as processes, agglomerations of subjects and evolving entities. Connected City + Net Citizenship links citizenship, communities and services in a ubiquitous network of immediate responsiveness. Smart Living + Cultural Inclusion shifts the principle of networking and connection into a new form of a widespread and shared collaboration. Sustainable + Circular City touches on a theme very important to Covestro, identifying in the production and consumption circle a new paradigm of sustainable urban development. Integrated Mobility + Accessibility provides for an ever-increasing intervention of digital technologies in the context of integrated mobility management platforms. Food Policies+Human Agriculture talks about urban agriculture and a new procurement management that optimises transport and distribution giving new value to forgotten spaces in the city.