At the turn of the century some cities and regions in Europe, Japan and the USA, displayed an exceptional capacity to incubate and develop new knowledge and innovations. The favourable environment for research, technology and innovation created in these areas was not immediately obvious, yet it was of great significance for a development based on knowledge, learning, and innovation. Intelligent Cities focuses on these environments of innovation, and the major models (technopoles, innovating regions, intelligent cities) for creating an environment-supporting technology, innovation, learning, and knowledge-based development.
The introduction and the first chapter deal with innovation as an environmental condition, and with the geography and typology of islands of innovation. The next three parts focus on the theoretical paradigms and the planning models of the 'industrial district', the innovating region', and the 'intelligent city', which offer three alternative ways to create an environment of innovation.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Origins, Structure and Contents. Chapter 1. Innovation is an Island. Part I: Technopoles and Science Parks: Innovation as Spatial Proximity. Chapter 2. Districts and Technopoles in Europe. Chapter 3. Technology Poles in the Less Favoured Regions of Europe. Chapter 4. The Weak Link. Part II: Innovating Regions: Innovation as an Institution. Chapter 5. Regional Innovation Strategies in Europe. Chapter 6. Regional Versus National Innovation Strategies. Chapter 7. Technology Intelligence in Innovating Regions. Part III: Intelligent Cities: Islands of Innovation Meet the Digital World. Chapter 8. Intelligent Cities: Islands of Innovation Become Digital. Chapter 9. Real-Virtual Technopoles. Chapter 10. Real-Virtual Regional Innovation Systems. Bibliography. Index.
Nicos Komninos is professor of Urban Development and Innovation Policy in the School of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and he has taught in universities in France, Italy, and the UK. His research interests focus on the areas and environment of technological innovation. He is the author of numerous scientific books, director of the research unit URENIO (Urban and Regional Innovation) and has co-ordinated many project of the European Commission.