Futur-e and the birth of Bari Smart City

Published on Wednesday, 19 October 2016

At “Visible Vs Invisible”, a meeting to be held on February 19 at the Margherita Theatre in Bari (6 p.m.) the city’s transformation into a smart city and the redevelopment of the Enel plant.
How far has Bari’s smart devolution gone? How is a smart city born and how does it develop? All these questions will be answered on Friday 19 at 6 p.m. at the “Visible Vs Invisble” meeting held at the Margherita Theatre on the sea front of the city in Puglia.

"Visible Vs Invisible" is the second meeting of Nextopic, a series of dialogues promoted by Nextlaw together with the LaterzaLibrary  as "a meeting place where opposites meet". The title of the event is inspired by the pages of "Invisible Cities" by Italo Calvino and the guests attending the event at the Margherita Theatre will discuss the future of cities, how to achieve sustainable infrastructure, both tangible and intangible. Coordinated by Luca Clarizio of Nextlaw the guests will also discuss knowledge and technology networks, the role of culture and beauty in building smart cities for intelligent citizens.

The redevelopment of Enel's plant in Bari, involved in the Futur-e project, is among the main topics of the meeting on February 19, attended by Stefano Boeri, architect and professor of Urban Design at the Polytechnic of Milan and author of the book "A vertical forest", Pino Bruno, journalist and director of Tom's Hardware, Stefano da Empoli, president of the institute for Competitiveness and professor of Economics policy Roma at the Roma Tre University, and Alessandro Zerboni, Enel’s Futur-e project manager.

Bari’s smart future has already started and the redevelopment of Enel’s thermal power plant, located close to the Stanic district, is part of this process. The region’- capital is one of the most advanced laboratory cities not only of southern Italy but of the entire country in the field of renewables, innovation and clean technology. It is working since 2011 to become a smart city by participating in the European movement involving local and regional governments that signed the Covenant of Mayors, and has also set an ambitious CO2 emissions reduction target in its environmental sustainability plan (SEAP). In order to catalyse skills and projects in the field of smart cities and engage citizens and stakeholders in the smarting up transformation process, the city has launched the Bari Smart City Association of which Enel Distribuzione is a founding partner together with the City Council, the Chamber of Commerce, the Port authority, the university and the Polytechnic of Bari.

Enel in Bari has already implemented or initiated a number of projects along the path which is leading the city to become a smart city. In 2013 it started installing 50 public charging infrastructures in strategic areas for  urban mobility that make up the first network of services for e-mobility in the South. In Bari the RES NOVAE project is also underway, aiming to build an integrated platform for energy management (electricity and heat) through the implementation of smart technology and smart solutions in the distribution network, in individual buildings and in urban districts.


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