Of course, any excuse to visit the beautiful city of Florence is always welcome, but last week I even had two. First I gave a talk Wednesday at the IRPET institute (Regional Institute for Economic Planning of Tuscany), which is located in the beautiful Villa La Quiete (see picture below). My talk was about ‘Small and medium-sized cities in the age of the ‘urban triumph’. I had the honour of having Prof. Roberto Camagni as discussant. Roberto Camagni’s work has been a true source of inspiration in my research for a long time.
On Thursday and Friday, I joined the conference ‘New Sciences and Actions for Complex Cities: Social and institutional innovation in self-organising systems‘. This conference was organised by several institutes, with Dr. Camilla Perrone taking a leading role. The conference brought together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines – economic geography; planning; big data science; complexity theories; etc. – providing for a very fruitful exchange of knowledge. I was invited to discuss the lessons learnt these days in the final wrap-up round table. Also this conference was organised in a magnificent place: the Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Needless to say that the evenings were well spent in great company!