Bergamo 2.035 research program
Bergamo 2.035 is a research program which sees Bergamo University, Fondazione Cav. Lav. Carlo Pesenti and the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University, with the partnership of the municipality of Bergamo, engaged in conceiving an articulated, long-term and comparative vision of the most relevant future developments of Bergamo, a typical historical Italian mid-sized town.
The distinctive features of the Bergamo 2.035 project are: the interdisciplinary approach, the willingness to conceive feasible solutions to the issues identified and the strong involvement of the local community.
Accordingly, Bergamo 2.035 program aims to expand the current concept of “smart cities” by defining a context in which technologies and innovative solutions are developed and along with news social models of inclusiveness, where citizens – “smarter citizen” – become active agents of change for improving the urban environment.
The project has a long-term perspective. During the first two-year period (2013-2014), the program rolled out into 3 main phases:
Phases of the Research program
- Analysis: sharing of the research platform and pinpointing of the main evolutionary trends of urban contexts;
- Discussion: series of meetings with key stakeholders, who had a deep knowledge of territory and embodied various interests and needs of the urban community;
- Proposition: proposal phase – formulation of tentative implementation schemes and identification of plans for future projects to be activate after this first phase of the research program.
Taking the lead from this first phase, in 2014, Bergamo 2035 aims to build “a city whose community is able to learn, to adapt, and to innovate”: a territory endowed with high level of learning and innovation, based on the creativity of the people, on the institutions responsible for the production of knowledge, on traditional and modern communications infrastructure. A territory that pursues sustainable economic growth, through participatory governance and the active empowerment of citizens.
With the objective of developing alternative model of urbanization framed within the context of technological-enhanced cities, Bergamo 2035 has been addressing seven crucial emerging areas (Knowledge, Health, Local Food System, Mobility, Logistic, Corporate Social Responsibility, Urban Factories) exploring the new opportunities innovative technologies con offer in the framework illustrated before and the possible scenarios that might emerge.
In 2015, as Italy was hosting in Milano the Expo, the research focused on Local Food System, introducing the Food 2.0 theme of the future smart city.
With the new academic year (2015-2016), Bergamo 2.035 focused on a major priority in the urban context, that is “Urban mobility and analysis”. The research work focuses on the analysis and exploitation of emerging trends and technologies for different modes of transportation in order to develop alternative future urban scenarios for Bergamo. An extensive set of connections with relevant stakeholders was built during this phase.
Besides the project areas Bergamo Prosumer and Bergamo Urban Mobility & Logistics, Bergamo 2.035 includes four more areas: Bergamo Creativa, Bergamo Health, Responsible Bergamo e Technological Bergamo.