Housing Policies and Urban Economics (HopUE) is an international scientific peer reviewed journal focused on housing policies and integrated urban planning, analyzed in the wider disciplinary context of the urban economics. Contemporary urban planning is the main object of investigation, so to develop the economic, social, cultural and environmental dimensions of regeneration for ancient city and changing areas.
In agreement with the epistemological character pertaining to the other Eiris journals, HopUE collects contributions, studies and best practices of different nations to address the emerging urban challenges which require competitiveness, efficiency, inclusion, presence of network, services for cities.
Urban policies have experienced profound changes: strategic documents of the EU program have placed the need for a broader view of decision-making; the experience of the Strategic Plan of the City has introduced the need for a shared vision of development through which to interpret the urban context, considering the local needs and involving several institutional, social, economic and cultural stakeholders; territorial integrated projects have fostered effective systemic effects of interventions, through objectives and works centered in specific areas; the most recent orientations of urban planning have proposed structural and operational approaches, with the consequent overcoming of the traditional tools for territorial governance.
The themes for Housing Policies and Urban Economics concern: national and international debate on the problems of contemporary living, analyzed both in urban and building terms, both in relation to the administrative and participatory aspects to encourage investments; evaluative questions to compare and guide the public decision-making in the transformation and regeneration of urban areas, analyzed in the framework of the relationship between territory and economic activities; conservation and enhancement of value of architectural heritage in ancient or more recent cities; externalities arising by the processes of cultural planning; issues relating to the use of public space and territorial welfare, with reference to accessibility to services, conciliation between life and work times, and suitable functions required for the urban living; issues of sustainable urban mobility, analyzed also in relation to the policy objectives of the European urban transport; regeneration of the suburban areas and preservation of agricultural land and landscape.
Honorary Editor is Antonio Maturo, Full Professor of Mathematical Methods for Economics, a scientist of the Mathematical Models of Social Sciences and Architecture. In 1995 we began a research on mathematical models to support the evaluation of urban plans at the Faculty of Architecture in Pescara. The study started from the complex programs of urban intervention established in Italy in the early 90s; these programs required tools to analyze the feasibility of investments for transparency and fairness of the interventions and to support decisions characterized by complexity and uncertainty.
The members of the Editorial Board represent all the above themes: university professors, scholars and researchers related to the fields of urbanism, evaluation and economics applied to territorial issues, architectural historians, location theorists, macro-economists, sociologists, mathematicians, statisticians, technologists, epistemologists.
I thank Prof. Franco Eugeni for his active and continuous engagement in the dissemination of Science, Philosophy and issues pertaining to the relationship between Economy and Territory; Prof. Ezio Sciarra for his skilful contribution to research on the issues of Welfare; Prof. Giuseppe Manuppella, promoter and curator of the Information technology (IT) services of HoPUE.