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Event show on the new frontiers of material innovation to build a smart city

“To design a smart city you need a smart planning strategy,
but to achieve it you need smart materials”
Material ConneXion Italia

Within the platform ‘Materials Village’ at Superstudio Più in Via Tortona during Milan Design Week 2017, Material ConneXion® Italy organizes the exhibition event.
The exhibition, will have the patronage of the Municipality of Milan and aims to offer an articulate overview on the frontier of innovation of enabling technologies for the construction of new smart cities.

The vision of smart cities implies tangible expression. Often the concept of smart city is linked, in technology, not only to the immateriality of ICT and urban strategies, but also to the material issue. The creation of enabling infrastructures entails in fact the implementation of physical and virtual spaces that are realized through material solutions.

A new focus on the issue of materials is therefore required to create virtuous, collaborative, dialogic, inclusive, and active relationships between the human, intellectual, and social capital of those who live the city and the enabling infrastructures. In this context, the new frontier of technological innovation, together with an appropriate planning strategy, contributes to the management of urban problems that smart cities are facing: pollution (environmental, lighting, sound, etc.), energy costs, mobility, urban cleaning, waste management, disaster risk and safety, etc.

“New materials for a smart city” offers an overview, in a material perspective, on the new frontiers of innovation of enabling technologies for urban planning and building of a smart city: eco-efficient and low impact materials for green building and planning of new public spaces; technological innovation for smart grid, public lighting and sensors’ networks; advanced composites for new light, resistant and interconnected infrastructures; smart high- and low-tech materials for a new safety, healthiness, acoustic and lighting comfort, both in public and domestic environments; solutions for new green, vertical farming, hydroponic farming, new public green spaces. The concept of "internet of things" is paired with the one of "internet of materials".

The exhibition event will propose a selection of innovative solutions with the aim of materializing the concept of smart city and will showcase and disseminate new technological solutions needed to improve the functioning of the city and life of its inhabitants.
The exhibition is organized into four thematic areas: Eco-Innovation (solutions for eco-efficient building and urban green growth; Advanced Building (advanced building materials, structural and not) Smart Living (solutions for public and domestic environmental comfort) ICT equipment (solutions for ICT and information/data exchange in the urban field).
The exhibition integrates: communicative elements (videos, images, key word, descriptive texts...) of important solutions related to smart cities (symbol buildings, emblematic infrastructure, virtuos models, best practices); physical samples of solutions provided by exhibiting companies; gallery of tabulae selected from the Library of innovative and sustainable materials of Material ConneXion® Italia.
Surface-modular display will showcase technologies and materials of the exhibiting companies and sponsors, developing a harmonized and coherent exhibition layout. The exhibition will be integrated with meeting events, discussion and dialogue on various issues about technological materials related to smart cities.

An area of the exhibition will be dedicated to the European Project Sharing Cities, funded by Horizon 2020 program, of which the Municipality of Milan is partner as well as other 36 international actors of the public and private world. The aim of the project is the realization of a "smart" District in the Porta Romana/Vettabbia area, to respond to the City’s environmental challenges and to improve the daily lives of its inhabitants.

Sharing Cities – Comune di Milano – Direzione Economia Urbana e Lavoro, Toshiba Materials CO.LTD, 3M, Veolia Water Technologies, A2A Smart City, Cefriel, Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, Siemens, Teicos Group, 3M Italia, Trash-2-Cash, Pelma, Directa Plus, Stone Italiana, Opendot, WASP, Politecnico di Milano - Next materials consorzio interuniversitario nazionale per la scienza e tecnologia dei materiali.

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Material ConneXion Italia
Material ConneXion is the most important international network of research and consulting on innovative and sustainable materials with libraries in New York, Milan, Tokyo, Bangkok, Daegu, Skövde, Bilbao, Copenhagen and Hong Kong. Material ConneXion Italia, of which Rodrigo Rodriquez is the President, from 2002 provides consulting activities, promotion and training for companies in the field of innovative, materials and sustainability. The Milan office has a Library displaying more than 5000 material samples coming from all over the world.

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date: 31/03/2017
date: 31/03/2017
date: 31/03/2017
date: 31/03/2017
date: 31/03/2017
date: 31/03/2017
Programma New Materials for a Smart City
date: 31/03/2017
programma Materials Village
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