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Enhancing the Perception of Regions: A Vision for the Metropolitan City of Florence

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the definition of a vision for the metropolitan city of Florence required by recent planning reform in Italy. The forms of governance in place and the boundaries they assume are discussed in relation to the historical evolution of settlements and functional trends and their recognition and orientation through joint planning instruments at different levels (from joint inter-municipal studies to the Regional Landscape Plan). The actual strategic planning process that occurred in the metropolitan city of Florence is presented as a vision-making process based on regional design theories, in which different metaphorical narratives and representations are explicitly intended to enhance the strategic planning process by shaping the boundaries of the urban region and conceiving of a shared vision for its future spatial development.

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  • Strategic planning
  • Visioning
  • Metropolitan city
  • Metropolitan planning
  • Functional region

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    Named after the Ministry in charge of the process of power devolution and institutional reorganization.

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    This amendment was approved, by a simple majority, in Parliament and published in Official Gazette no. 88 of 15 April 2016. The revocation of provinces was conceived of together with the overcoming of equal bicameralism (Chamber of Deputies/Chamber of the Senators) and the reduction of the number of parliamentarians, in the name of the “spending review,” i.e. the containment of operating costs faced by institutions at all levels.

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De Luca, G., Lingua, V., Lucchesi, F., Di Figlia, L., Fucile, R., Pisano, C. (2020). Enhancing the Perception of Regions: A Vision for the Metropolitan City of Florence. In: Lingua, V., Balz, V. (eds) Shaping Regional Futures. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-23573-4_18

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