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Intelligent Coast has determined that the defining factors of strategic leadership of innovative urban environments are:

This approach has taken the three Ts determined by Richard Florida (acclaimed urban studies theorist) in his thesis about creative cities, and added three more: Territory, Tourism and Time.

Territory

Territory is the main factor of competitiveness. Innovation and productive processes are now more than ever strongly dependent on geographical situation. In this age of sustainability and optimization of resources, the model organization of territory occupation is a key subject in the design of urban strategies. Since 2007 half of the world population is concentrated in urban environments, and in 2050 this percentage will increase up to 75 %¹.

In the future, the top urban environments will be of high population density and an optimized public transport network. There are three factors that play an important role in the location decision making process of companies: (1) air connections to other cities; (2) quality of life for the working people; and (3) the absence of contamination. Alfonso Vegara, Architect, Urban planner, Economist, Sociologist, and President of Metropoli Foundation, states that intelligent cities usually assume that negative environmental impacts have to be avoided.

Intelligent Coast goes further to add that truly intelligent territories assume a more ambitious role of positive intervention in the environment that includes active environmental protection, renewal initiatives of natural ecosystems and, especially, the rehabilitation of degraded urban areas (physical, social and economically).

¹ source: World Urbanization Prospects – United Nations

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