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CRNI

13.02.2019

CRNI Journal by Sage.Volume 19 Issue 1-2, March-June 2018

The new issue of the “Competition and Regulation in Network Industries” (CRNI) by Sage is now available! This issue includes papers presented at the CRI […] read more

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The Observer

5.02.2019

The Observer – Single European Sky: the way forward

This Policy Brief reflects upon the discussions at the 10th Florence Air Forum that took place in Budapest on 9th November 2018. On the dedicated webpage, […] read more

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IGLUS Quarterly

29.01.2019

IGLUS Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 3 – Digitalisation Technologies. Urban Mobility Services

Digital technologies now affect almost every aspect of life. This alteration is already ingrained in mobility services in the form of information and communication technologies […] read more

Urban

IGLUS Quarterly

29.01.2019

IGLUS Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 2 – A developing city’s path. Kampala Special Edition

Although Sub-Saharan Africa remains one of the least urbanised regions in the globe, it has some of the highest urbanisation rates, coupled with all the […] read more

Urban

IGLUS Quarterly

29.01.2019

IGLUS Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 1 – Critical and practical views of the Smart City Concept

Together with the unprecedented rate of urbanisation, new practices and trends have sought to manage the complex challenges of urban systems. A prominent example is […] read more

Transport

Transport News

24.01.2019

Welcome Teodora Serafimova

Florence School of Regulation Transport Area is excited to welcome a new Research Associate this January! Teodora Serafimova, Research Associate Before joining the FSR team […] read more

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Transport News

14.01.2019

8th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures- submit your abstract

The Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures is the annual event that brings together all the Areas of the Florence School of Regulation. This 8th  edition aims […] read more

Network Industries

NIQ

14.12.2018

Network Industries Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 4 – The path towards digitalisation in road infrastructure

This special issue offers an overview on digitalisation in road infrastructure. Digitalisation has a vertical impact across the several layers of the road system. This […] read more

Network Industries

Network Industries. A New Series of Policy Briefs

We are happy to introduce a new series of quarterly Network Industries policy briefs. Their aim is to complement the quarterly issues of the NIQ, […] read more

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IGLUS Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 1 – Critical and practical views of the Smart City Concept

- Urban

Together with the unprecedented rate of urbanisation, new practices and trends have sought to manage the complex challenges of urban systems. A prominent example is the ‘smart city’ concept, which is present and widely discussed in literature and international policies. Although there is a lack of definitional accuracy, interpretation, and application, in addition to its underlying self-promotional inclinations; in recent decades the smart city concept has been one of the most influential trends and has tried to shape projects and cities relative to their efficiency and sustainability.


Worldwide, the implementation of the smart city concept seems to have a fragmented record, using atomistic approaches. Nonetheless, some cities have managed to successfully operate in a smarter way to solve some of the urban challenges of the 21st century. In this issue of IGLUS Quarterly, we take a more critical view of smart cities by exploring the multi-scale applications of the concept in different contexts around the world through six articles that together, highlight potential successes and misconceptions of the smart city approach.