Urban Transitions: Creating resilient corridors

EIT Climate-KIC’s Autumn School

Program Description

Urban Transitions: Creating resilient corridors

EIT Climate-KIC’s Autumn School

Catapult: Urban Transitions

10-21 September 2018

Bologna, Italy

In the autumn of 2018, EIT Climate-KIC organises Catapult; a two week thematic summer school across Europe for PhD students. And we are open for recruitment!

During Catapult, new skills are acquired and innovative ideas brought to life. A combination of discussions with international academic experts and practitioners, creative transferable skills sessions, inspiring workshops, site visits and assignments create a unique learning experience for PhD students. In addition to the delivery of knowledge and skills, the programme is about connecting people and ideas.

Urban Transitions - Ph.D. Autumn school

Within the framework of Urban Transition theme, the Bologna 2018 edition is strongly connected with Climate KIC priorities and particularly with Resilient Cities. The programme is based on ongoing research activities developed by the Department of Architecture and the City of Bologna to define a systemic urban approach to support the regeneration of urban and peri-urban areas. The scope is to facilitate the creation of Resilience Corridors, typically following a natural or urban infrastructure, able to become places for innovative approaches where several and interacting activities shall be tested to close resources loops (e.g. water, food, waste, energy, etc.). This is expected to create new value chains strengthening relations among actions, actors, spaces, and resources, that will act as an engine to regenerate and improve the mutual exchange between different players according to a more effective systemic vision.

The Challenges

The autumn school programme is focused on defining effective solutions in the framework of the Resilient Corridor to be developed from the Bologna city center along the north-east direction culminating in the Pilastro neighborhood. Pilastro is a dense populated residential complex, largely developed under the social housing umbrella (built up in different phases in 1960-90s) with limited community services and commercial activities where the City of Bologna is planning some investments to promote economic growth and sustainable regeneration benefitting of the site proximity to CAAB and FICO pole of excellence in the agro-food sectors.

Solutions are expected to:

  • Increase retrofit rate by boosting energy efficiency measures on existing buildings (both residential and commercial) while improving services and spaces for the local community on the ground floor.
  • Build green and resilient spaces with the help of nature-based solutions especially in the central backbone which can host vegetable gardens, playgrounds, outdoor activities while mitigating climate conditions.
  • Accelerate a modal shift in urban mobility and logistic, rethinking the connection from and to both the city center and CAAB and FICO pole (e.g. e-vehicles, bike, etc.)
  • Promote social innovation, working with local player engagement and assuming participatory design as a toll to concretely involve inhabitants in delivering transition.

The case study will let participants turn their ideas and solutions into practical outcomes having the chance to work closely with the research teams and to meet the key stakeholders involved.

The outcomes of student reports (specific instructions will be provided) will be collected and included in the guideline for the further implementation phase and follow up offering an impacting contribution to local advances.

The aim of the Autumn School

Our Autumn school offers a learning-by-experiencing approach to tackle real-life challenges. Providing a broad range of in-depth theoretical knowledge, hands-on cases to apply the learning, inter-disciplinary thinking, and cooperation, you will be able to boost your skills through the autumn in Bologna, Italy.

The Autumn school is designed with the following central learning objectives inspired by the general Climate-KIC Autumn school concept:

  • To equip participants with the knowledge of transformative, socio-technical innovation using a systems approach to deliver knowledge
  • To exchange ideas between students and experts and to develop new project ideas for innovation in the industry
  • To provide practice-oriented tools that will enrich the student’s individual projects (e.g. backcasting methodology)
  • To enable Ph.D. students to link their individual research projects to real life problems and innovation activities.

It is a unique opportunity for you:

  • To combine theory with practice in the field of business model analysis in the short supply chains.
  • To develop innovative strategies and ideas for stakeholder cooperation.
  • To meet, discuss and question key business leaders and policy-makers.
  • To get in touch with people from all over the world and to work in interdisciplinary teams.

Registration and Costs

The Ph.D. Autumn school is an integral part of Climate-KIC’s Ph.D. programme, for Climate-KIC labeled students, costs are fully covered. Furthermore, we are happy to welcome students pursuing their Ph.D. outside of Climate-KIC and who are interested in climate change topics. Post-graduates with outstanding skills and motivation to participate are also invited to apply. For all non-labeled participants, the following fee applies 800,- EUR.

The fee for the programme includes:

  • Accommodation (in double rooms)
  • Breakfast and lunch, approx. two dinners per week
  • Local transportation

Participants need to cover the travel costs to and from Bologna themselves. After the confirmation of acceptance, invoices will be sent out to participants. Course fees need to be paid three weeks before the start of the programme. The main language is English; participants, therefore, should have sufficient language skills. Please register for this Autumn school through our Climate-KIC.org website until 31st of July

Contact Us

In case of any questions concerning this Ph.D. Autumn school, feel free to contact:

Prof. Jacopo Gaspari via jacopo.gaspari@unibo.it

Looking for something else? We have three schools operating this autumn:

This year, we offer three editions on different topics and locations:

  1. Sustainable Land Use: Short food supply chains in operation - 22nd September – 6th October in Budapest, Hungary and Valencia, Spain
  2. Sustainable Land Use & Urban Transitions: Design for Deconstruction in Wood - 16th – 29 September in Gothenburg, Sweden
  3. Urban Transitions: Creating resilient corridors 10th – 21th September in Bologna, Italy

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This school offers programs in:
  • English
EIT Climate-KIC’s Autumn School

Last updated July 13, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 10, 2018
2 weeks
Full time
800 EUR
Aug. 6, 2018
Italy - Bologna, Emilia-Romagna
Start date : Sept. 10, 2018
Application deadline Aug. 6, 2018
End date Sept. 21, 2018
Sept. 10, 2018
Italy - Bologna, Emilia-Romagna
Application deadline Aug. 6, 2018
End date Sept. 21, 2018