In 2000, Torino was the first Italian city to adopt a Strategic Plan, pioneering the way for the many other cities that would subsequently follow in its footsteps. As of 2020 Turin has developed three strategic plans (2000, 2006, 2015).
The first Strategic Plan (‘to promote the city’) emerged at a time of acute crisis provoked by the socio-economic transformations sweeping Western nations, signalling the decline of the manufacturing industry and the Fordist model of society. Through strategic planning, Torino committed itself to a concerted effort to reinforce the city’s ability to produce wealth and innovation by diversifying the local economy and refreshing the international image of the city—a goal which culminated in the organization of the Torino Winter Olympics.
The second Strategic Plan instead focused attention on the knowledge economy. The third Strategic Plan was focused on economic development and metropolitan governance.
In May 2000 was founded the association Torino Internazionale to promote strategic planning methods, to monitor its actions, to set up specific workshops, to communicate to the public the opportunities for development created by the Plan and to encourage the public’s participation.
In December 2016 the Association was dissolved, following the rationalization of non-profit bodies participated by Città di Torino. The important projects and relations of that body were transferred to Urban Lab.