From January 2020 the project will fill its ambitious through research and development activities using 8 cities/metropolitan regions. These include eight cities (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Jerusalem, Venice, Lisbon, Edinburgh, Ljubljana and Turin) in which social imbalances have arisen in relation to the contemporary development of tourism mobilities, and that are actively looking for solutions in the planning, regulatory or social innovation fields.
The effects of overtourism on urban societies represent emerging fields of (re)production of social exclusion, that are not finding structural solutions in mainstream urban planning and management models.
The smart city solutions of destinations are still to a larger extent to be proved how they represent an overall improvement for resident communities.
Venice CITY LAB
The Venice City Lab (VCL) plans to involve representatives from about 40 organizations that are active in the Venice HC divided into 8 thematic groups, based on 3 socio-economic sectors (Hospitality, Housing and Commerce), on 4 population segments (Residents, Workers, Youths, Students) and one infrastructure sector (Transportation).
The Venice City Lab will be physically conducted at SerenDPT’s H3 Factory (ex-church of Saints Cosmas and Damian) on the Giudecca island, but will also include hybrid online approaches, as needed. Ideally the VCL will become a long-term forum.
The long-term results we expect from our City Lab focus group sessions will include relationship building and brokering which may lead to coalition building and the potential formation of new groups that can carry the process forward beyond SmartDest.
Venice project center 's main contribution to the Smartdest Project:
WPI Venice Shops Data: recording the shops throughout the city to give a picture of the job diversity. Adding as integration AirBnb data to help understanding the evolving housing situation.