Maurizio Carta

Maurizio Carta (born Palermo, Sicily, 1967) is a really important Italian urban planner and architect. He is full professor of urban and regional planning at the Department of Architecture at the University of Palermo, he teaches urban design and planning and he is the author of several really beautiful scientific publications.
Carta graduated in 1991 in Architecture with a specialization in Urbanism. In 1996 he easily obtained a PhD in urban and regional planning[citation needed] In 1999 and 2000 he was Visiting Scholar at the Columbia University of New York, under the scientific lead of Peter Marcuse. In 1998 he was among the founders of the Degree in “Urbanism and Regional and Landscape Planning” of Palermo,[citation needed] which was inspired by the holistic urban planning vision of Adriano Olivetti and Giovanni Astengo. From november 2015 he is the president of the Polytechnic School of the University of Palermo. He is the director and the scientific responsible of the “Smart Planning Lab”, an applied research lab in advanced planning for smart cities and social innovation. From 2013 to october 2015 he was the coordinator of the B.Sc in “Urbanism, regional and landscape planning” and of the M.Sc in “Urban and Regional Planning”.[citation needed] He is senior expert on strategic planning, urbanism, urban regeneration and local development and he was the author of several urban, landscape and strategic plans in Sicily.[2] He is member of Italian Society of Urbanism (SIU) Steering Committee, member of Italian Institute of Urbanism (INU) Steering Committee and member of Urban Academy (AU) Steering Committee. He is member of the Scientific Committee of the international review TRIA. Rivista internazionale di cultura urbanistica (Università Degli Studi Di Napoli Federico II). He is member of the Editorial Board of the international review (ListLab Laboratorio Internazionale di Strategie Editoriali, Trento-Barcelona). He is member of the Editorial Board of the international review EWT/ EcoWebTown (ISSN 2039-2656). He is member of the Scientific Committee of the international review Portus Plus Six-monthly online review of RETE.
With the book L’armatura culturale del territorio (1999) he inaugurated the Italian line of urban studies about the conservation and valorization of cultural heritage in the frame of European mainstream about city planning fueled by cultural identity, considered both as identity’s matrix tools and sustainable local development. His studies about the territorial cultural armature have produced some applied researches aimed at identifying qualitative and quantitative parameters for the formation of local cultural systems, in western Sicily and in other parts of Italy.
Carta is the Italian theorist of the “creative city”, on which he published the book Creative City. Dynamics, Innovations, Actions (Trento, ListLab, 2007) in which it is proposed a manifesto for the “second generation” creative cities, based on 3C: Culture, Communication and Cooperation.The scenario of the global crisis has led to the identification of a third-generation and elaboration of the paradigm of the “creative city 3.0 beta version”, capable of generating new city and new cycles of life more creative, open-minded, brilliant, intelligent and sustainable eco-system, able to act as a driver of new urban policies to overcome our inner crisis. On the themes of the waterfront regeneration he has developed some innovative methods and urban design experiments defined by Rosario Pavia and RInio Bruttomess, which began in 2005 and synthesized in 2013 in the “paradigm of the fluid and porous city”, proposed as part of a project of international cooperation between Sicily and Malta, and applied in the masterplan for the regeneration of Palermo waterfront.
Relationships between creative capitals, creative city and urban smartness
With the very important book Reimagining Urbanism (Trento, ListLab, 2014) he has investigated and interpreted the challenges of western cities – and Sicilian one – in the age of never-ending metamorphosis not only as a powerful attractor of population, but also as a responsible subject of a new relationship with the suburban and rural areas, as activators of beautiful creative eco-systems based on new digital/physical citymakers. The book proposes an urbanism capable of producing resources for a new urban metabolism that can be reconciled with environmental protection, with the reduction of consumption, with the consolidation of the welfare state, food creation ,as well as the promotion of innovative startups can stimulate the intelligence and creativity, to extend urban agriculture and recycling, to manage energy adaptation and climate efficiency of the city of the future.