RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CITY AND TERRITORY
The search for innovative relationships between settlements and territory from the point of view of resources exchanged, from the economic to the energetic, and from the cultural to the environmental. The search for a more advanced balance between town and country, starting from the fringe areas, with a focus on land use and disposal of solid, liquid and gaseous waste.
QUALITY OF INFORMAL HOUSING AND TRADITIONAL SETTLEMENTS
The search for a better quality of housing, in the context of precarious and informal construction, which has seen an explosion in the megacities of the global South, both in urban centres and traditional rural settlements.
HEALTH, WELL-BEING, AND SAFETY IN MARGINAL TERRITORIES
The search for higher levels of health, well-being, and safety in marginal urbanized areas at environmental risk, considered as an ecosystem and in relation to the system of services and infrastructures that support the living conditions of the local communities.
PROTECTION AND ENHANCEMENT OF LOCAL LANDSCAPES AND SOCIO-HISTORICAL HERITAGE
Testing of urban rehabilitation strategies, especially in historical contexts, to counteract the effects of globalization on the urban and social structures of the megacities of the global South, in terms of gentrification, privatisation and destruction of historical heritage.
TERRITORIAL INFRASTRUCTURES AND BUILDING FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Planning and design of infrastructures for sustainable and relational tourism aimed at enhancing local cultural resources while respecting the environmental, social and landscape context.
RECONSTRUCTION OF SOCIO-SPATIAL CONFLICTS
Support for the reconstruction of the conflicts that mark the territory in the current complex, changing geo-political geography, with particular reference to the “difficult areas”, where to promote the creation of spaces for survival, meeting and coexistence.
ENHANCEMENT OF LOCAL TERRITORIAL RESOURCES AND SKILLS
The use of local resources and communities in the development process as a basic condition for the promotion of sustainable development processes, because they are rooted in the territories and are integrated through a system of territorial skills (economic, social, cultural, …) .
INTEGRATED APPROACHES AND PARTICIPATORY METHODOLOGIES
The adoption of multi-disciplinary and multi-scalar integrated approaches to spatial dimensions and social dimensions, and participatory methodologies that encourage the integration of different levels of government and interests, highlighting and consolidating shared visions of sustainable development.