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Short Outline
Globalisation local effects, access to information technologies and the
new legal framework raises a turnover period for planning theory and
practice in Portugal. A draft of a conceptual framework and a case study
(Alentejo Coast) grounds a short essay about the “Intelligent Territory”
paradigm. This concept integrates contributions from different fields:
planning methodologies, organizational design, information technologies
and knowledge management.
Just 30 years in a democratic regime, the Portuguese local and central authorities are facing big challenges: modernization and changing their attitude towards planning in the globalisation era. The planning legislation, the organization and management models of the local authorities are still based on a passive attitude towards city and regional planning and development, besides some improvements provided by a recent new legal framework.
The European Union and other regions of the world are assuming ambitious milestones and spending increasing resources in the development of the Information Society (e-Europe). European and national programs made available significant resources that might give access to new information technologies. Besides the potentialities of information technologies, local effects of globalisation (new urban development models, etc.) are raising the politicians and planners awareness for the urgent need of a new planning paradigm and methodologies.
The article presents a contribution for a comprehensive conceptual framework on the Intelligent Territory paradigm, based on practical examples from Portuguese public authorities (Sines municipality and the region of Alentejo Coast) and some international corporation’s case studies.
New forms of collaborative planning, governance and knowledge management are key issues in the Intelligent Territory concept. Critical factors of success are also pointed, based on practical examples.
The presentation of this essay will show the turnover period that is being designed for the planning theory and practice in Portugal, besides the presentation of the conceptual framework of the “Intelligent Territory” paradigm. This concept integrates contributions from some research projects in different fields: planning methodologies and process, organization and management models of local authorities, information technologies and knowledge management
Intelligent territory
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