Smart specialization strategies as drivers for (smart) sustainable urban development

Trillo, Claudia ORCID: 2016, 'Smart specialization strategies as drivers for (smart) sustainable urban development' , in: Sustainable Urbanization , In-Tech.

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The place-based approach is at the forefront of the current European cohesion policy reform. The Smart Specialization Strategy (S3) boosts economic development through research and innovation. It is built on place-based areas showing higher potential for growth. Although S3 is deeply rooted in the uniqueness of the place, its implementation is still far from being clearly spatial-led. The research program MAPS-LED (Multidisciplinary Approach to Plan Smart specialisation strategies for Local Economic Development), financed by RISE-Horizon 2020, aims at filling this gap. This chapter discusses a novel concept developed with the aim to incorporate a spatial component in the innovative urban clusters, e.g. the urban pattern as cognitive infrastructure for S3. The preliminary findings from the case study of Kendall Square, a former brownfield located in Cambridge (MA), in close proximity with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, led to conclude that it is essential to complement S3 implementation with spatial interventions in the built environment to create a physical ecosystem supportive of innovation, including: shared facilities and private small businesses facilitating interaction; public services and facilities that allow preserving uniqueness of the place and inclusiveness. Furthermore, the spatial pattern has to be supportive of a walkable and dense environment.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Ergen, M
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Publisher: In-Tech
ISBN: 9789535147572
Funders: H2020
Depositing User: Dr Claudia Trillo
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2016 13:38
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 17:51

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