Smart City Observatory
The Smart City Observatory was established in 2018 as a joint initiative of GREEN - Centre for Research in Geography, Resources, Environment, Energy and Networks - and “A. Sraffa” Legal Studies Department. The Observatory focuses on the policy and legal issues arising from the emergence, development and governance of Smart Cities.
Aim & scope
The Smart City Observatory of Bocconi University conducts research on the smart development of urban infrastructures, services and communities, through a structured activity of study, communication, training and interdisciplinary dissemination of results. Its activities aim to:
- support the diffusion of a smart development of urban systems;
- assess the conditions and the technological, infrastructural, economic and social enabling factors of smart cities;
- suggest a legal and regulatory framework incentivising smart cities and smart applications;
- identify the requirements and key features to characterize systems, products and services as “smart”;
- analyse the regulatory policies and instruments that can stimulate and guide a smart urban development;
- evaluate the socio-economic and environmental benefits associated with smart applications.
The research scope of the Observatory concerns the managerial, technological and financial areas of smart cities, with reference to the construction, energy, transport, ICT and materials sectors.
- In-depth studies on key smart city topics, performed through literature reviews, periodic surveys and focused research;
- Group work involving the observatory participants, aimed to develop new approaches and strengthen the existing know-how through good practice exchange;
- Dialogue and discussion among the observatory participants, fueling the debate on the future prospects of smart cities, with the aim to develop innovative proposals, define position papers and promote the development and improvement of policies and tools for smart cities;
- Organization of regular meetings and seminars reserved to the members of the Observatory, as well as dissemination events aimed at a wider audience.
The activities of the Smart City Observatory originated from the work published with the book “La prossima città”, edited by Prof. Ferrari and with contributions from several experts in the smart city field.
In 2020 a second volume of the book, titled "Smart City: l'evoluzione di un'idea" edited by Prof. Ferrari and contributed by several authors, was published.
Since 2018, the Smart City Observatory organized the following events:
- 22 February 2018, «La prossima città: le smart cities tra sostenibilità e innovazione»
- 2 October 2018, «Le città italiane verso una trasformazione smart. Esperienze e prospettive»
- 3 December 2018, «Prospettive del bike sharing in Italia a 10 anni da BikeMi»
- 3 April 2019, «Milano una città in trasformazione: i grandi progetti di rigenerazione urbana»
- 29 May 2019, «Le nuove direttive europee sulle energie rinnovabili e l'efficienza energetica: le implicazioni per le smart cities»
- 15 October 2019, «Infrastrutture e reti per le Smart Cities. Quali impatti in termini di efficienza operativa e valore sociale?»
- 15 May 2020, «Città intelligenti e servizi digitali di fronte alla crisi sanitaria, economica e sociale dovuta al Covid-19» [watch video]
- 7 October 2020, «Il facility management e le tecnologie digitali per gli smart building nell'epoca del Covid-19» [watch video]
- 30 October 2020, «La valutazione economica dei benefici sociali del teleriscaldamento in Italia e in Lombardia» [watch video]
- 21 December 2020, «Ridisegnare gli spazi urbani per garantire benessere e salute in epoca Covid» [watch video]
- 17 March 2021, «Costruire città più resilienti: presentazione del Sesto Rapporto Urban@it» [watch video]
- 27 April 2021, « Progettare spazi, infrastrutture e servizi urbani in un clima che cambia » [watch video]
- 21 June 2021, «Smart city e appalti pubblici: accelerazione delle procedure e contestualizzazione nel paesaggio»
- 18 October 2021, «Il ruolo delle comunità energetiche nella transizione verso città intelligenti e sostenibili»
For updates about next events organized by the Smart City Observatory, please subscribe to the Observatory newsletter by contacting the Observatory or consult the “News & events” section of the Website.
- Edoardo Croci - coordinator
- Giuseppe Franco Ferrari – coordinator
- Luigi Cameriero
- Alice Minati
- Tania Molteni
- Marina Petri
The Smart City Observatory is supported by the following organizations:
- A2A Calore e Servizi
- ANCE — Associazione Nazionale Costruttori Edili
- CONAI — Consorzio Nazionale Imballaggi
- Engie Italia
- Gruppo CAP
- Hines Italy
- Melody srl
- Meridiana Italia
- MM – Metropolitana Milanese
- SCAI Fast
The Smart City Observatory is open to further adhesions by interested organizations.
For information and adhesions, please contact: