Within the theme “Modeling a Resilient and Smart Urban Life”, this conference aims to demonstrate the different aspects of modeling in urban studies.
Modeling here means different research approaches. Conceptual Modeling, i.e., the ambition to formulate hypotheses about the correlations and possibly the logical and causal relationships among actors, spaces and phenomena in the urban setting. Empirical Modeling represents an inductive process of representing and analyzing a specific urban context in view of gaining extra insight which can go beyond the specificity of the case at hand. Virtual Modeling and Digital Twin, i.e., the use of digital technologies to represent and simulate, and even extract implicit knowledge from the urban environment.
From the standpoint of resilience and smart city, we propose a series of themes, which belong to a wide array of disciplines, yet converge in view of a new approach to urban studies, particularly focused on sustainability, liveability and inclusiveness of urban life. Moreover, the aforementioned topics seem to have a great impact on a series of sub-fields, including – but not limited to – smart decision-making and participation, resilient urban climate, sustainable mobility, circular economy and reuse of cultural heritage, and anti-fragile urban agriculture.