Undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by the University iuav of Venice:

Ongoing International Projects



TOOL QUIZ  Employability and knowledge based economy : tools for innovative culture


Six regional authorities wanted to go further in addressing the challenges of an innovative issue: human capital in a knowledge-based economy. The cultural and creative sector is a key one in this framework. As an important source of new jobs, it is indeed a knowledge-intensive sector strongly linked to creativity, innovation and ICT.


Moreover, it favours the development of new skills closely related to employability in a knowledge-based economy.

Including new partners (technical, scientific and political experts), the Tool Quiz project aims to develop strategies, policies and tools linking the cultural and creative sector to the knowledge-based economy and employability in each partner Region.


Programme and Topic INTERREG IVC


Person in charge: Pierluigi Sacco  sacco@iuav.it



SPINE: Energy Efficiency & Urban Development Planning

Buildings account for 40% of the energy demand in the EU, and even more in the ENPI countries. The building sector is therefore essential to reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions.


Historical buildings, of which there are many in Ukraine and the Russian Federation, pose a particular challenge given constraints to renovation work that make it difficult to increase their energy performance.


SPINE aims at facilitating the integration of renewable energy sources (RES) and energy efficient (EE) technologies and materials into the renovation of historical buildings with an eye to the various issues and constraints linked to the preservation of authenticity and artefacts in buildings.


Programme and Topic: Europeaid CIUDAD


Person in charge: Vittorio Spigai  spigai@spigai.191.it


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MACE — Metadata for Architectural Contents in Europe

MACE, an European Initiative is aimed at improving architectural education, by integrating and connecting vast amounts of content from diverse repositories, including past European projects existing architectural design communities.


MACE with the creation of innovative e-learning tools will provide the community with services such as finding, acquiring, using and discussing contents that were previously had limited accessibility to small groups.


The consortium includes three content partners, who have access to a large number of content providers, including architects and universities dealing with architecture and design.


The project, reaching a substantial mass of digital content will significantly impact the EU scenario concerning architecture and cultural heritage, and will certainly become a landmark for further community activity in these domains.


Person in charge: Vittorio Spigai      spigai@spigai.191.it


Programme and Topic: Econtent plus CIP ICT-PSP


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SID-Sonic Interaction Design


Sonic Interaction Design is the exploitation of sound as one of the principal channels conveying information, meaning, and aesthetic/emotional qualities in interactive contexts.


The Action pro– actively contributes to the creation and consolidation of new design theories, tools, and practices in this innovative and interdisciplinary domain. While being advanced through a few sparse projects, this field relies on the COST – SID Action to strengthen the links between scientists, artists, and designers in the European Research Area. The COST – SID platform stands on four legs: (i) perception, cognition, and emotion; (ii) design; (iii) interactive art; (iv) information display and exploration.


These are each supported by the research and development of the requisite new interactive technologies. Due to the breadth of its application spectrum, the COST – SID Action has the potential of affecting everyday life through physical and virtual interactive objects, as today there is the possibility to design and actively control their acoustic response so that it conveys an intended aesthetic, informational, or emotional content.


Person in charge: Davide Rocchesso  davide.rocchesso@iuav.it


Programme and Topic:  COST- ICT Action IC-0601;


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MIUM-TIE Managing International Urban Migration - Turkey, Italia, Espaņa


Through conducting multidisciplinary comparative research on international migration in urban areas of Turkey, Italy and Spain, and initiating a dynamic dialogue among related stakeholders (policy-makers, civil society activists, public officials, experts and researchers).


The MIUM-TIE project aims to enhance an understanding of the challenges posed by international migration flows into the cities of EU "border" countries, as well as to identify sound strategies for dealing with increasingly multicultural and diverse urban societies.


Programme and Topic: Promotion of Civil Society Dialogue between the EU and Turkey Project.


Person in charge: Marcello Balbo  marcello.balbo@iuav.it


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SSIIM UNESCO Chair  Urban Policies And Practices

Based on an international network of high level scholars and researchers from different universities and research centres, SSIIM UNESCO Chair represent an important arena for the production and the dissemination of new knowledge on promoting good urban governance for social and spatial inclusion of international migrants.


Through the conduction of multidisciplinary comparative research on international migration in urban areas, the SIIMM UNESCO Chair will make available to the scientific community, as well as to political and public opinion, new information, reasoned overviews and dedicated studies on the multifaceted issues international migration raises at the urban level, highlighting the principal factors preventing and/or promoting social and spatial inclusion of international migrants in different urban settings.


Visiting scholars, postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers involved in the research activities will produce research papers that will be published within the SSIIM-Chair working papers series. The series is steered by a Scientific Committee t assuring quality to documents that are published.


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Programme and Topic: UNESCO Chairs Programme


Person in charge: Marcello Balbo  marcello.balbo@iuav.it





European island landscapes reflect past and present relations between man and his natural and built environment, creating a unique biocultural diversity which is now seriously threatened by uncontrolled development on fragile cultural and ecological systems. With this diversity they contribute to the local and European identity and heritage.

To consider the European island landscapes as part of our cultural heritage, including the unique identity, diversity and values they have for European people, and to provide tools to preserve and pass these threatened characters on to future generations in order to make of them a sustainable resource.

The main project goal is to improve awareness and cooperation on island landscapes with expert knowledge, in order to preserve their unique character and diversity which is rapidly vanishing, and to promote intercultural dialogue in these disadvantageous regions.


Programme and Topic: Culture Programme 2007-2013


Person in charge: Gloria Pungetti gpungetti@iuav.it





The AdriaMuse project has the general objective to strengthen the relationships among the partner organisations to support the sustainable development of the Adriatic area through the harmonisation of their actions, tools and policies in the field of cultural tourism.

The ICT infrastructure set-up by the AdriaMuse project will support the partner areas in their efforts for increasing accessibility to their own cultural tourisms offers. In parallel new branded exhibitions/cultural events will be designed in conjunction with other running pertinent events, such as fairs, sport competitions, cultural and other events specific of the partner areas. This will increase the number of events where heritage is shown to typologies of target users not used to visit museums.


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Programme and Topic: IPA Adriatic Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007 – 2013


Person in charge: Luigi Di Prinzio luigi@iuav.it



LIVING TOMORROW- An interdisciplinary project on the future of European living spaces


Due to rapid social change in Europe, many of the dwelling models that had been developed over the past two centuries now seem outdated. Well into the 20th century, residential planning was concerned primarily with the building of homes for inhabitants who, within a family structure, often lived and worked in one location for their entire lives. However, radical changes in employment (restructuring of working conditions, increasing flexibility, etc.), in social relations (changing gender roles, tendency towards growing individualisation, etc.), in demographic development (birth rate, migration, life expectancy, etc.) as well as within the family unit (single parents, one-person households, patchwork families, etc.) have led to the creation of new living arrangements in Europe. These have resulted in changing living needs which in turn require new housing forms and typologies. Despite having already been discussed for several years, satisfactory solutions to these transformations and their consequences are still rarely to be found. Moreover, the debate on how housing models and architecture can function in a globalised 21st century (in their concrete, material forms as well as in their impact on the appearance of urban conglomerates) is still in its infancy.


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Programme and Topic: Culture Programme 2007-2013


Person in charge: Giuseppe Longhi longhi@iuav.it



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