New Sciences and Actions for Complex Cities

Social and institutional innovation in self-organising systems

Conference Programme

Florence, Italy: 14th - 15th December, 2017

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The Strategic Research Initiative Social Innovation in Practice: city regeneration through co-evolution and networking (SIPCITY) coordinated by Camilla Perrone (University of Florence) is entering its final year of activities. SIPCITY Researchers are engaged in follow-up projects that will continue the work on social innovation through specific collaborative endeavours.
The conference is therefore designed on the purpose to open the debate to a wider community of scholars to engender more collaborations in the future.

14th december 2017

9.30 a.m. Registration and Welcome coffee

  • 10.00-10.30 a.m.  Institutional Welcoming 

    Luigi Dei (President of the University of Florence, Italy), Andrea Arnone (President of the Foundation for Research and Innovation, Florence, Italy), Saverio Mecca (Dean of  the Department of Architecture, University of Florence, Italy), Gaetano Aiello (Dean of the Department of Economics, University of Florence, Italy), Giovanni Bettarini (City Councillor for Urban Planning, Smart City and Metropolitan Area, Florence Municipality, Italy), Michelangelo Russo (President of the Italian Society of Urbanists SIU, Italy)

  •  10.30-10.45 a.m.  Introduction

    Camilla Perrone (University of Florence, Italy) 

  • 11.00 a.m. -1.30 p.m.  Innovation Driver 1 "Data Science"

    Innovation Driver 1 explores the wide field of data science with particular regard to the following topics: cities as information flows (mobility, energy, food, water, ecosystem services) and complex networks (a new urban science, digital information, spatial and urban network, quantitative urbanism, modeling cities and the creation of self-organizing systems, “innovation accelerators”, agent-based computer simulations for studying social coordination, cooperation, norms, crime and conflict).

    Keynote speakers: Dirk Helbing Digital Empowerment (ETH Zürich, Switzerland) and Marc Barthelemy From urban data to the modeling of cities (CEA, Institut de physique théorique Paris, France)

Michelangelo Russo gives comments and opens the debate 


1.30-2.30 pm 

  • 2.30-4.30 p.m.  Parallel Session (Driver 2 - 3)

    Chairs Driver 2: Ward Rauws (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) and Stefano Cozzolino (Polytechnic of Milan, Italy)

    Chairs Driver 3: Mauro Lombardi (University of Florence, Italy) and Alessandro Monti (Foundation for Research and Innovation, Florence, Italy)

    4.30-4.45 pm Coffee break

  • 4.45-6.30 p.m.  Innovation Driver 2 "Self-organisation and framework rules for complex cities"

    Innovation Driver 2 focuses on self-organisation and framework rules for complex cities. In particular it investigates the following topics: rules, spontaneous changes, planning interventions and the innovating capacity of self-organising cities. 

    Keynote speakers: Gert De Roo (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) How to turn a square into a circle? About choice, policy and planning in between fixed and transformative space and Stefano Moroni Actions and conditions for action in complex social-spatial systems (Polytechnic of Milan, Italy)

Ward Rauws  gives comments and opens the debate 

15th december 2017

9.00 a.m. Registration

  • 9.15-11.00 a.m. Innovation Driver 3 “Ecosystems of Innovation”

    Innovation Driver 3 concerns the ecosystems of innovation and focuses on the following: knowledge-based economy, complexity and regional diversification, geography of innovation, proximity and relatedness, evolution of spatial networks, complex relationships in the multi-level and multi-actor partnerships in modern governing arrangements, and the interplay between physical infrastructures and cyber infrastructure.

    Keynote speakers: Nancy Holman (London School of Economics, London, UK) Cities and platform economies – big data, algorithms and regulatory flattening and Ron Boschma (Utrecht University, The Netherlands) Smart specialization policy in the EU: relatedness, complexity and regional diversification

Mauro Lombardi gives comments and opens the debate 

11.00-11.15 a.m.  Coffee break


1.30-2.30 p.m.

  • 2.30-4.00 p.m.  Italian portrait of urban innovation: how cities think and act?

    Chair: Francesco Chiodelli (Gransasso Science Institute, Italy)

    Valeria Fedeli Postmetropolitan territory: innovation, methodological and conceptual challenges for cities and states trying to interpret regional urbanization processes and problems (Polytechnic of Milan, Italy), Alessandro Monti Innovation Ecosystems, macro and micro, galaxies and constellations: how the Metropolitan City of Florence is evolving (Foundation for Research and Innovation, Florence, Italy), Mauro Lombardi, Camilla Perrone, Marika Macchi, Costanza Zaino, Lorenzo Zoppi Urban Innovation eco-systems: start (up) the Greater Metropolitan Area of Florence (University of Florence, Italy), Chiara Agnoletti, Leonardo Piccini Understanding the boundaries of metropolitan areas with new IT tools: the case of Florence (IRPET, Italy), Paolo Nesi Sentient City platform, from Control Room to Internet of Everything (University of Florence, Italy), Simone Tani National policies for distressed neighbourhoods (Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Government & Public Affairs Management, Italy), Riccardo Leoncini From Smart City to New Urban Manufacturing (University of Bologna, Italy)

  • 4.00-4.30 p.m. Chairs conclusions from Parallel Sessions

    4.30-4.45 p.m. Coffee break

  • 4.45-6.30 p.m. Final Round Table
    New science and actions for complex cities: towards a new urban imagination 

    Chair: Alessandro Longo (Journalist from il Sole24Ore)

    Evert Meijers (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands), Alessandro Balducci (Polytechnic of Milan, Italy), Alessandra Faggian (Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila, Italy), Jean Hillier via Skype (RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia), Serena Vicari Haddock (Milano-Bicocca University, Italy), Camilla Perrone (University of Florence, Italy)

Conference results will be published in the following editorial products:

An international book with a selection of presentations and papers
special issue of an international peer reviewed journal with a selection of papers
conference proceedings book