by Antonio Caperna
In: Handbook of Research on E-Planning: ICTs for Urban Development and Monitoring Carlos Nunes Silva (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Release Date: May, 2010. Copyright © 2010. 546 pages.
The Handbook of Research on E-Planning: ICTs for Urban Development and Monitoring provides relevant theoretical perspectives on the use of ICT in urban planning as well as an account of the most recent developments in the practice of e-planning in different regions of the world. Discussing theories and methods, citizen participation, and innovation in urban management in e-planning, this book is essential for those who want to improve their knowledge about the use of ICT in urban planning, focusing greatly on its strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.
Integrating ICT into Sustainable Local Policies (pages 340-364) by Antonio Caperna (Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy).
This chapter is analyses the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT’s) phenomenon, the opportunities it offers, the potential problems, and the relationship with local policies. It moves on the actions needed to develop, within the Agenda 21 process, a framework able to define some fundamental features for a new spatial theory in the information age, which will eventually consider Information and Communication Technology not just a simple tool, but a crucial aspect of a sustainable policy, capable, if well addressed, to mitigate various current or emerging territorial challenges such as literacy and education, public participation in the planning process, social and geographical divide, institutional transparency, etc.. This chapter will illustrate a framework able to assist politicians and planners in planning a sustainable development through ICT.