The European capitals of the future in the context of innovation and eco-sustainability

Supported by the AIGP (Atelier du Grand Paris) this Summer School involves 3 main partners: The Polytechnic Institute of Turin, the University of Rome 3, and the Masdar Institute of Abu Dhabi. The School’s program focuses on four main topics representing four challenges for the European Capitals of the Future: Territorial Clustering in a Global City: the Greater Paris; Managing the “aftermath” of International Events: Turin; Combining urban heritage and innovation: Rome; Urban Innovation and Eco-sustainability: towards the Smart City, the Eco-city of Masdar. Three main objectives: the transfer of cross-disciplinary knowledge (human and social sciences, and science) and culture; the transfer of learning approaches (Professional and Research Masters); and the transfer of skills in working groups, mixing students, young researchers and external professionals. The workshop is the main collective activity along with the Methodological Sessions in order to help write a scientific article on the themes of the workshop. The end result will present the vision of the European Smart City. It will consist in two parts: an urban design project or a strategic plan (broad-based strategic lines) as a result of the workshop; a report written in the form of a scientific paper linked to the project, which, as a result of methodological sessions, shall be published in the IJKBD Journal (International Journal of Knowledge Based Development). International speakers of the highest level will also attend this Summer School. The workshop is open to architecture and urban design students and professionals worldwide.

Key elements of the program (maximum 10 lines)
Four groups mixing students and/or young professionals stemming from different countries will work together - each of them on a specific topic - in various brainstorming and debriefing sessions, assisted by a team of lecturers (a binomial of professionals and teachers) during 12 days. Each group will be working over a topic based on a case study. The methodological sessions will be supervised by the ENeC laboratory researchers along with the other partner institutions. Specific teaching material will be provided. Meetings with representatives from the world of politics, urban planning, economics and business will be organized as well. Main activities: The Workshop; The Plenary Sessions ; The Thematic Sessions; The Methodological Sessions; The Social Events; The Study Tours. The School may accommodate up to 32 participants (24 from partner institutions and 8 external ones). A certificate will be issued following training completion. Unit Credit Valuation is possible (5 ECTS).

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Who can apply?

--Taught in English and French--

From June 6 to June 18, 2016
University of Paris-Sorbonne - Faculty of Geography , Maison de la Recherche and Palais de Tokyo
This School will be related to the Master’s degree (Professional and Research track) in Urban Planning and more generally, to Social Sciences, Sciences and Technologies, Management and Engineering, Sciences. Paris 6 University and the Technological University of Compiègne will also be involved in this program.

How to apply?

Registration Fees:
The Summer School is free for students of all partner institutions. The registration fee for externals will be 1.000€. Registration: A website will be set up by the end of October 2015 in order to facilitate registration.

Professor Patrizia INGALLINA, Faculty of Geography, University of Paris Sorbonne

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