Smart Technologies, Back-to-the-Village Rhetoric, and Tactical Urbanism: Post-COVID Planning Scenarios in Italy

Smart Technologies, Back-to-the-Village Rhetoric, and Tactical Urbanism: Post-COVID Planning Scenarios in Italy

Teresa Graziano (University of Catania, Italy)
Copyright: © 2021 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/IJEPR.20210401.oa7
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Abstract

This viewpoint article is aimed at critically scrutinizing both institutional and bottom-up narratives about post-COVID planning scenarios in Italy. Through a critical multimedia discourse analysis, the article tries to deconstruct the most recurring narratives about the future of cities in Italy, particularly those interlacing smart city rhetoric with alternative models of settlements and “soft” planning micro-actions, in order to highlight both conflictual perspectives and new potential paths to follow for a more inclusive tech-led urban development.
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2. Post-Covid Smart And Tactical (Anti)Urbanism: Policies, Practices And Rhetoric

Over the last decades, several cities at the global scale have developed sustainable-oriented agendas through a variegated repertoire of strategies, policies and practices. Cities are regarded as the most appropriate “living workshops” to analyze the increasing interaction among ICT’s, local sustainable development, bottom-up participation and urban planning (Certomà et al. 2015).

Among the numerous theoretical and operational paradigms, particularly two “mantras” have fostered discourses on urban planning, notably during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Embedded at the opposite poles of two urban planning visions, but at the same time paradoxically converging, the Smart city framework and, more recently, Tactical Urbanism have been transversally mobilized to envision new forms and functions of contemporary cities.

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