URBAN TRANSITION: Smart Solutions for the Urban Metropole (Amsterdam - Bologna)

Codice progetto: AREC0012_2016-1.5.1-436_P125-02

Programma: Climate KIC Catapult programme 2016

Call: Climate KIC Catapult programme 2016

Developed under the umbrella of the Urban Transition Theme and financed by EIT under the Climate KIC Catapult programme, the project explores  the transition towards more sustainable models of relevant areas in the city fabric of  two cities Bologna and Amsterdam particularly focusing on two sites:

  • Amsterdam, Buiksloterham - a neighbourhood in the north of the city in a unique position to serve as both a living test bed and catalyst for Amsterdam’s broader transition to becoming a circular, smart, and bio-based city;
  • Bologna, Zamboni District city center - a quite large area in the historic heart of the city where the challenge is to re-frame the urban metabolism to improve quality of life and create a ‘Sustainable Cultural Campus’ based on the circular economy principles.

The project follows the typical Climate KIC research environment mixing academic research methodology with market oriented solutions. The main outcome of the programme is the delivery of an international summer school on Urban Metabolism and Water Management involving both PhDs and professionals from cross-related disciplines and creating tailored solution within the proposed real-life city challenges. The programme was joined by a number of people across Europe creating a very intercultural work environment dealing with innovative and effective strategies concerning circular cities, water management, sustainable transition. During the programme, participants worked in small, interdisciplinary design teams, to develop innovative solutions for lighthouse projects in strategic areas, applying collaborative, multi-perspective, cross-disciplinary approaches to design unconventional and creative ideas and solutions, in order to boost effective actions in the urban context closely cooperating with international experts, researchers of the University of Bologna, Municipality and Districts representatives, local stakeholders and citizens associations.

Durata del progetto

01.2016 – 12.2016

Responsabile scientifico per il Dipartimento 

Jacopo GASPARI (Dipartimento di Architettura DA)


Dipartimento di Architettura DA (Jacopo GASPARI) con Martine VAN VEELEN


University of Bologna – Department of Architecture

City of Bologna

City of Amsterdam

Urban Center Bologna

SENSE - Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment

AMS - Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions


Budget totale: Eur 100.000

Budget DA: Eur 31.382,50

Docenti e ricercatori collegati al progetto

Andrea BOERI


Danila LONGO

Giovanni LEONI

Valentina ORIOLI

Annalisa TRENTIN

Settore ERC del progetto

SH3 Environment, Space and Population

PE8 Products and Processes Engineering