As operative tool of the i-NEXT project the Smart Planning Lab carries out three main functions:
1) In the first project phase it produces territorial analysis, visions and solutions for new and more efficient life cycles and localization of a city’s functions (cultural, economic and social) of attraction;
2) In the intermediate project phase it works as an “intelligent hub” that supports urban planning and management practices, producing analysis or operative proposals and elaborating urban governance guidelines and integrated planning for sustainable development;
3) In all project phases it works as a communication and dissemination tool of project methods and results, contributing to the strengthening of “Smart Citizenship and Social Innovation” through the production of information documents (digital and on cloud).
The Smart Planning Lab promotes educational activities and professional training regarding the “smart, sustainable and inclusive city” through:
- education and training of technical Public Administrators regarding “Green Energy-based” urban regeneration processes;
- technical support services to Public Administrations and private citizens for “Covenant of Mayors” action plans implementation;
- elaboration of ICT services introducing them into the digital citizenship network to increase participation and to share “green and smart oriented” development programs;
- information and dissemination activities for the growth of smart citizenship.
From a procedural and management perspective, the SmartPlanning Lab develops the issues of the Realization Objective 1 (OR1), supporting the project in all its phases and not only in the analytical and diagnostic phase.
SPL has an important role in the OR8 to activate urban governance processes and new public and private partnership on Smart City themes.
In other OR, the SmartPlanning Lab collects i-NEXT project data about smart grid and smart mobility in order to elaborate new urban service localization models based on energy efficiency and sustainable mobility.
SmartPlanning Lab produces several kinds of analyses and guidelines about energy and mobility demand, such as:
- Territorial analysis on demand/supply and criticality/potentiality in local transport and energy performance;
- Recognition and identification of available areas for park and ride, infrastructures and logistic platforms;
- “Masterplan of times and urban cycles” for energy sustainability and mobility demand;
- Guidelines for sustainable management of “urban metabolism” in terms of energy performance and preparation of a public lighting plan with integrated technological services;
- Activation of urban governance processes with the Public Administrations and interfacing with projects financed by the Ministry of Environment in the fields of energy and mobility;
- Territorial analysis on experimentation areas, with particular regard to mobility, logistic and energy performances;
- Mapping of transportation demand in relation to supply and different targets;
- i-Next data base open source and digital platform, capable of managing the alphanumeric information in its geographical component.
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