81938 - Sustainable Technologies

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Affordable and clean energy Sustainable cities Responsible consumption and production Climate Action

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The course is aimed to provide tools for urban space regeneration, sustainable growth, answering to the complex needs of contemporary cities. By the end of the course students are asked to: critically read and analyse the transformation actions on the built environment; select appropriate technologies for answering to the complex needs of the cities; define strategies to support the re-use and regeneration of urban areas assuming social inclusion as a priority.

Course contents

The course is focused on product/service design aimed at improving the quality and sustainability of the built urban environment working not simply on the technologies but also on the end users considering their comprehension, awareness, access and behaviour.

The course activities are based on the analysis and comprehension of the specific context, on the definition of the key challenges to develop adequate strategies assessing their viability, feasibility and scalability. From a methodological point of view the project will be developed according to a step by step approach corresponding to the achievement of some key objectives.

The course is centred on the relation between services, technologies and end users.


2016. Green Buildings And Design For Adaptation: Strategies For Renovation Of The Built Environment. DOI:10.2495/EQ-V1-N2-172-191. pp.172-191. In INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENERGY PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT - ISSN:2056-3272 vol. 1 (2)
Boeri A.; Antonini E.; Gaspari J.; Longo D.
2014. Smart buildings and grids in the renovation of the built environment. pp.255-262. In World Sustainable Building 2014 - ISBN:9788469718155 vol. 5
Boeri A.; Boulanger S.; Gaspari J.; Longo D.
2013. Paesaggi periferici. Strategie di Rigenerazione urbana”, ISBN 978-88-7462-552-9, Quodlibet, Macerata
R. Di Giulio, A. Boeri, M.C. Forlani, A. Gaiani, V. Manfron, R. Pagani,
2015. Multi-layered urban strategies to foster the Smart Cities development. In Tenth International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability (Vol. 194, pp. 23–34).
Antonini, E., Boulanger, S. O. M., & Gaspari, J.
2015. How to strategize smart cities: Revealing the SMART model. Journal of Business Research, 68(7), 1414–1419. doi:10.1016/j.jbusres.2015.01.024
Ben Letaifa, S.
2013. (2013). Smart Cities Readiness Guide, 281. Retrieved from http://smartcitiescouncil.com/resources/smart-cities-readiness-guide
Berst, J., Enbysk, L., Williams, C., & Caine, C.
2014. Smart cities: the state-of-the-art and governance challenge. Triple Helix, 1, 7. doi:10.1186/s40604-014-0007-9
Deakin, M.
2015. European Commission, & Science for Environment Policy. Indicators for sustainable cities. doi:10.2779/61700
2006. The architecture of intelligent cities: integrating human, collective and artificial intelligence to enhance knowledge and innovation. In 2nd IET International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE 06) (Vol. 2006, pp. v1–13–v1–13). IEE. doi:10.1049/cp:20060620
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2009. Les Écoquartiers (Éditions A.). Rennes.
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2010. Fuel poverty and human health: A review of recent evidence. Energy Policy, 38(6), 2987–2997. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2010.01.037
Liddell, C., & Morris, C.
2012. Modelling the smart city performance. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 25(February 2015), 137–149. doi:10.1080/13511610.2012.660325
Lombardi, P., Giordano, S., Farouh, H., & Yousef, W.
2015. Smart and sustainable cities in the European Union. An ex ante assessment of environmental , social , and cultural domains.
Manitiu, D. N., & Pedrini, G.
2007. Tecniche costruttive per l'efficienza energetica e la sostenibilità, Maggioli, Rimini
Rava P.
2003. Architettura sostenibile. 29 esempi europei di edifici e insediamenti ad alta qualità ambientale, Edizioni Ambiente,
2000. The HOK guidebook to Sustainable design, John Wiley & Sons Canada
Mendler O.,
2004. Manuale di bioedilizia, DEI Roma
U. Wienke,
2007. Criteri di progettazione ambientale, Editriale Delfino, Milano 2007
Boeri, A.
2011. La terza rivoluzione industriale, Edizioni Mondadori,
J. Rifkin,
2004. La festa è finita. La scomparsa del petrolio, le nuove guerre, il futuro dell'energia, Fazi, Milano
R. Heinberg,
2006. Fine corsa, Einaudi, Torino
Leggett, Jeremy
Lanfranco Marasso,
2015. Come finanziare la città del futuro, Maggioli Editore

Teaching methods

The course includes key lectures and team-based workshop activities aimed at exploiting the gained competences and the design attitude of students.

Face to face reviews are envisaged to monitor the progress of the projects as well as some public presentations to share the achieved outcomes.

Assessment methods

Seminars and reviews are envisaged in order to assess the progress of the projects during the course. The final examination is based on a presentation of the finidings and outcomes of the project developed during the course. The individual evaluation will take into account the contribution provided to the team and the results acheived during the course. The evaluation is based on the weighted application of the following three criteria: knowledge of theoretical contents and bibliography + acquisition of instrumental skills (30%), level of depth of the design hypothesis (30%), clarity and effectiveness in the presentation (40% )

Teaching tools

IT and communication tools made available by the Design Programme will be used during the course.

Office hours

See the website of Jacopo Gaspari

See the website of Martino Pietropoli