Thematic Panel proposal: The Smart Islands Initiative
Conveners: Darko Radović and Davisi Boontharm
Presenters and discussants:
Prof. Davisi Boontharm (Sophia University, Tokyo)
Prof. Luisa Bravo (University of Florence), t.b.c.
Prof. Simone Garagnani (University of Bologna), t.b.c.
Prof Heng Chye Kiang (National University of Singapore)
Prof. Marco Imperadori (Politecnico di Milano)
Prof. Hiroto Kobayashi (Keio University, Tokyo)
Prof. Akira Mita (Keio University, Tokyo)
Prof. Yasue Mitsukura (Keio University, Tokyo)
Prof. Darko Radović (Keio University, Tokyo)
Prof. Emeritus Nenad Starc (Universty of Zagreb)
all interested participants from Vis and the Symposium
The aim of the proposed panel is to include Smart Communities, as one of the currently most prominent urban and territorial development themes, to the Anatomy of Islands Symposium and the International Centre for Island Life and Cultures agendas.
Keio University was a regular participant at the Anatomy of Islands Symposia and Workshop since 2012. With this initiative, we wish to bring one of our key research projects to Vis. By contextualizing the topic of Smart Communities as Smart Islands we hope to initiate a number of future collaborative research and development projects of direct relevance for development in concrete island communities and island regions, such as those in Croatia and Japan.
The Smart Islands Initiative starts from the original call to establish a Manifesto for development of the island of Vis (“A Sustainable Island Manifesto, draft discussion of the possibility of a Sustainable Island”, Anatomy of the Islands Symposium, 9.2014). As the title of that paper suggested, our approach to Smart Communities includes, but is not limited to the currently predominant technological approaches. We seek holistic understanding of “smart development”, by including imperatives of environmental and cultural responsibility and responsiveness. We argue for development of the Island which would be balanced with its resources, building upon, confirming and reinventing its uniqueness, in the search of continuing and sustained practices capable to (re)generate the authenticity and Identity of Vis. Such approach combines the whole spectrum of time-honoured smart practices and responsible application of the cutting edge knowledge and smart capabilities, as “good urbanism emerges from dialectical synthesis of tradition and anti-traditionalism” (Tange, paraphrased).
Our initiative is founded upon the position that “the quality and the character of everyday life, together with spatial expressions of ordinary activities are going to be the measure of success or failure on the road towards sustainable development” (Radovic, 2008).