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The main aim of the Laboratory of Research on: "Creative and Sustainable City" is to promote knowledge on relationships between creativity, resilience and sustainability on the Urban Dinamics, about theories of creativity as engine of new local econom;
and on good practices, as expression of the creativity in different sectors.
The perspective is to consider creativity as a key element in order to implement city resilience and an urban sustainable development. The identified practices will be the starting point for the critical evaluation process, to identify the main material and immaterial elements that foster the success, to elaborate of a set of indicators with the aim to stimulate a creative design and planning, to improve urban governance and the quality of the environment/life.
New approaches and new tools are required for quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the projects and experiences with high level of creativity, for improving urban regenerations strategies.

The approach to the achievement of Agenda 2030 and New Habitat Agenda goals is based on the landscape. It offers a unifying, systemic, holistic perspective. In the landscape are reflected all the challenges of our time, from social inequalities to climate change, to migration flows.
The landscape shows the health of a region or a city. The landscape is therefore a complex and synthetic indicator of sustainability, or else of in-sustainability of an urban/territorial/regional system. In the landscape it is possible to read the winning values/interests and those losers of a community: it is possible to read the culture of a community.

The approach to achieving the above mentioned goals through the scale of the landscape, offers and requires a systemic view of the reality and its transformation: that requires an understanding of the interdependencies/relationships between natural and man-made components and between these and those who live here. The landscape is the result of a hybridization process between the work of nature and man's work. For its understanding and interpretation, it requires a disciplinary hybridization: among different scientific disciplines and between these and the local knowledge/wisdom.

The relationship between City, Resilience, Creativity and Sustainability is particularly investigated under the following points of view, producing new knowledge about interdependency between economic, social, ecological, cultural, landscape, heritage impacts, for moving towards a new urban paradigm:
  • Economic and financial landscape
    "Urban finware": from urban industrial economy to knowledge economy and ecological economy, green industry business creation/entrepreneurship, sustainable circular regeneration of areas, economic actractives; new social/civil economy.

  • Ecological landscape
    "Urban ecoware": innovative strategies for energy, water and waste management, eco-city, solar-city environmental management, recycling and regeneration, innovative technologies to de-couple wealth production from ecological deterioration, health city.

  • Cultural landscape
    "Urban software": creativity and urban knowledge based economy, urban cultural strategy to reinforce city resilience, culture strategic local plan, the role of culture in building the future of the city.

  • New and ancient architectures landscape
    "Urban hardware": new quality architecture and planning with high values and low ecological impacts, integrated design, planning of cultural landscape, integrated conservation of the cultural heritage and its re-creation port areas sustainable regeneration, urban waterfront regeneration.

  • Organizational-institutional landscape
    "Urban orgware": new governance tools, to foster a creative habitat promotion of neural network of connections among companies, public bodies, research and financial institutions; innovative institutions against poverty.

  • Civil landscape
    "Urban civicware": the role of the no-profit sector as bearer of Creativity, participated construction of a strategic vision, public choices.
The regeneration strategies are investigated referring specifically to tools for monitoring the relationship between well-being / health of the inhabitants and the physical-spatial structure and the local development, (especially in port cities).