At the turn of the century some cities and regions in Europe, Japan and the USA, displayed an exceptional capacity to incubate and develop new knowledge and innovations. The favourable environment for research, technology and innovation created in these areas was not immediately obvious, yet it was of great significance for a development based on knowledge, learning, and innovation. Intelligent Cities focuses on these environments of innovation, and the major models (technopoles, innovating regions, intelligent cities) for creating an environment-supporting technology, innovation, learning, and knowledge-based development.
The introduction and the first chapter deal with innovation as an environmental condition, and with the geography and typology of islands of innovation. The next three parts focus on the theoretical paradigms and the planning models of the 'industrial district', the innovating region', and the 'intelligent city', which offer three alternative ways to create an environment of innovation.

chapter 1|22 pages

Innovation is an Island

part |1 pages

PART I Technopoles and Science Parks: Innovation as Spatial Proximity

chapter 2|28 pages

Districts and Technopoles in Europe

chapter 4|15 pages

The Weak Link

part |1 pages

PART II Innovating Regions: Innovation as an Institution

part |1 pages

PART III Intelligent Cities: Islands of Innovation meet the Digital World

chapter 9|23 pages

Real–Virtual Technopoles

chapter 10|35 pages

Real–Virtual Regional Innovation Systems