URBAN TRANSITION: Reshaping Urban Districts (Amsterdam - Bologna)

Codice progetto: AREC0012_2017-1.6.1-436_P125-01

Programma: Climate KIC Catapult programme 2017

Call: Climate KIC Catapult programme 2017

Developed under the umbrella of the Urban Transition Theme and financed by EIT under the Climate KIC Catapult programme, the project explores  the transition of two different urban environments in Bologna and Amsterdam potentially impacting on the city as a whole system:

  • Amsterdam Overtoomse veld - In the neighborhood Overtoomse Veld, housing corporation De Key owns housing complexes undergoing to retrofitting. The challenge was to develop a strategy for implementation of energy conservation measures while increasing the local community awareness about energy savings and sustainable solutions.
  • Bologna Sant’Orsola District - The Sant’Orsola District is a very specialized site close to the city center that hosts one the city hospital undergoing to a renovation process. The challenges  were to define innovative retrofitting methodologies, connect the surroundings providing additional services, define new arrangements for outdoor spaces while considering the end users perspective.

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 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 people from Afghanistan, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, Australia, China, Croatia, Hungary, Mexico, Switzerland creating a very intercultural work environment dealing with circular cities, energy efficiency, 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

01.2017 – 12.2017

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 38.520

Docenti e ricercatori collegati al progetto

Andrea BOERI


Danila LONGO

Valentina ORIOLI

Annalisa TRENTIN

Settore ERC del progetto

SH3 Environment, Space and Population

PE8 Products and Processes Engineering