Research and

concultancy projects

Increasing Offsite Housing Construction in Scotland


Funding body: Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprises, and Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC)

Duration: 24 months (2018-2020)

Overall budget: £ 120 000

Objective: The purpose of this project is to provide evidence of the potential contribution offsite construction offers to address the challenges faced by the affordable housing sector in Scotland. The project is made up of three components: (1) a research project mapping the benefits of offsite construction and the barriers confronting the sector’s potential contribution  to affordable housing in Scotland; (2)a study to understand the current and future capacity of offsite construction to overcome these barriers and for the sector to increase the contribution it makes to the provision of affordable housing in Scotland; and, (3) a series of co-design workshops with key stakeholders to consider how offsite construction can overcome the barriers the sector currently faces and realise the potential contribution it can make to the future of affordable housing in Scotland. 


Partnership: Edinburgh Napier University (United Kingdom); The Glasgow School of Arts (United Kingdom)


Smart Kids


Funding body: European Commission, Erasmus+

Duration: 24 months (2017-2019)

Overall budget: € 215 000

Objective: Smart Kids is a research project funded by the European Commission's Erasmus+ scheme. The project aims to develop a complementary educational module for 10 to 14-year old pupils which will introduce the Smart City concept and its multidisciplinary perspective in the curriculum offered by primary and secondary schools.



Partnership: Edinburgh Napier University (United Kingdom); Mahatma Arquitectos Slp (Spain); Spanish Primary School (Spain); European Center in Training for Employment (Greece); Greek Primary School (Greece); UK Primary School (United Kingdom); University of Humanities and Economics in Lodz (Poland); Polish Primary School (Poland); Turkish Primary School (Turkey)


Online S3 (Online Platform for Smart Specialisation Policy Advice)


Funding body: European Commission, Horizon 2020

Duration: 24 months (2016-2018)

Overall budget: € 3 889 000

Objective: This project aims to develop an e-policy platform augmented with a toolbox of applications and online services, which will assist national and regional authorities in the EU in elaborating or revising their smart specialisation agenda, in terms of policies and strategy. The platform will leverage existing methodologies, initiatives and tools developed by the EC for the RIS3 strategy, but it will also investigate, develop and test new and innovative technologies, tools and services aiming to strengthen the European capacity for knowledge-based policy advice.


Partnership: Edinburgh Napier University (United Kingdom); Research, Technology Development and Innovation, S.L. (Spain); Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece); European Future Innovation System Centre (Belgium); Research and Innovation Management GmbH (Austria); Ekonomski Institut Maribor (Slovenia); Slovak Business Agency (Slovakia); Aalto University (Finland); IntelSpace Innovation Technologies S.A. (Greece); The University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom); Innova Integra Ltd (United Kingdom); Region of Central Macedonia (Greece)

RESTART (Roadmap for European Smart City Strategies)


Funding body: Banca del Monte di Lomabrdia (FBML) Foundation, Early Career Research Grant Scheme

Duration: 12 months (2016-2017)

Overall budget: € 30 000

Objective: The project aims at investigating the guiding principles characterising the development process of smart city development strategies in European cities by using case study research.


Partnership: Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering (Italy); Edinburgh Napier University, Centre for Smart Cities (United Kingdom)


MA-IN (Mantua INnovation Centre)


Funding body: Cariverona Foundation

Duration: 24 months (2014-2016)

Overall budget: £ 50 000

Objective: MA-IN aims to set up a centre for supporting the ecosystem of large, small and medium-sized enterprises belonging to the province of Mantua (Italy) in driving innovation activities forward.


Partnership: Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering (Italy); Chamber of Commerce of Mantua (Italy); Regional Government of Mantua (Italy); City of Mantua (Italy); University of Mantua Foundation (Italy); General Confederation of Italian Industry (Italy)


Census of the Oglio Po Region’s Landscape Heritage


Funding body: European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)

Duration: 12 months (2013-2014)

Overall budget: £ 60 000

Objective: The aim of the project is to conduct a census of the landscape heritage belonging to the Italian rural region Oglio Po.


Partnership: Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering (Italy); Local Action Group Oglio Po (Italy)


PEOPLE (Pilot Smart Urban Ecosystems Leveraging Open Innovation for Promoting and Enabling Future E-Services)


Funding body: European Commission, 7th Framework Programme

Duration: 24 months (2012-2013)

Overall budget: € 3 600 000

Objective: PEOPLE aims at speeding up the uptake of smart cities through the rapid implementation, deployment and uptake of innovative internet-based services in order to allow facing the main challenges of developed cities at present and towards their future quality of life. This will be enabled by designing and implementing citizen-driven open innovation methodologies and processes.For these purposes, during PEOPLE project, four pilot Smart Open Innovation Urban Ecosystems will be created to become seeds towards sustainable smart cities for the people to live better at. We will call them PEOPLE Pilots, and they will be heavily networked in order to enhance the total impact by creating synergies and increasing knowledge generation and uptake.Four pilots will be created during the project, at four different European cities: 1) Bilbao, in Spain; 2) Vitry sur Seine, in France, belonging to the Isle de France area, close to Paris; 3) Thermi, in Greece and 4) Bremen, in Germany.8 Open Innovation loops will be run during the project on a 3-month basis, starting from the very beginning in order to incorporate users from early stages, while fully defining the scenarios and needs to tackle and services to deploy (including definition of functional and non-functional requirements). These loops will also be important for testing and validating all project results, as well as services from other projects being tested within PEOPLE Pilots.The final aim is to end the project with a portfolio of ICT services really deployed at each Pilot: 1) Resulting from/giving answer to the actual interests and needs of the different stakeholders in the Pilot; 2) Although they could be deployed as prototypes at the end of the project, they would have been completely tested and validated by users, also considering the businesses models needed for their final time-to-market and future exploitation.


Partnership: Anova IT Consulting (Spain); University of Bremen (Germany); Ariadna Servicios Informaticos (Spain); University Paris-Est Créteil (France); Airbuses (France); Citypassenger (France); Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece); Municipality of Thermi (Greece); Logotech (Greece)​


Refurbishment Plan for the Historical Building Palazzo Ceni


Funding body: City of Medole (Lombardy, Italy)

Duration: 12 months (2006-2007)

Overall budget: € 35 000

Objective: The project aims to set a refurbishment project plan for Palazzo Ceni, a 16 century historical building located in the Italian town of Medole.


Partnership: Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (Italy)


Architectural Project for a New Market Square in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mantua


Funding body: City of Mantua (Lombardy, Italy)

Duration: 12 months (2005-2006)

Overall budget: € 50 000

Objective: The project aims to design a project proposal for regenerating the market square of Lunetta, a district of the City of Mantua (Italy).


Partnership: Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (Italy)


Refurbishment Plan for Alberto Pitentino’s Navigation Lock


Funding body: City of Roncoferraro and City of Governolo (Lombardy, Italy)

Duration: 12 months (2005-2006)

Overall budget: € 35 000

Objective: The project aims to design a project proposal for managing the refurbishment of the historical navigation lock belonging to the Italian municipalities of Roncoferraro and Governolo.


Partnership: Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (Italy)


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