Soft mobility planning for university cities: the case of Pavia

Keywords: University City, soft mobility, city plan, road security and safety, territorial magnet


University City concept means a specific urban structure characterized by the maximum expression of the relations system (social, environmental, economic) that can exist between university institution and administrative/political institution: in particular, the physical connections linked to the spatial location of university structures within the urban fabric.

In Pavia, between Municipality and University the development of common mobility strategies has been practically developed since the seventies of the XX century by Giancarlo De Carlo plan. From this period on, the centrality of the city emerged as magnet for the first and second tiers of adjacent Municipalities.

The need to implement forms of sustainable mobility aimed at improving the connections between university and city center, useful also to trigger deep urban regeneration processes, carried to experiment a collaborative planning process between university, Municipality and the main involved stakeholders. The main aim is to develop an overall strategy throughout the entire municipal territory and to define lines of actions (tactics) for the creation of a soft mobility network within the Pavia context as University City. The participatory process is implemented with the use of a Collaborative Planning tool based on Google functionalities. In the paper, authors describe the main elements of this project.



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Author Biographies

Roberto De Lotto, University of Pavia

Roberto De Lotto is Associate Professor in Urban and Regional Planning at University of Pavia (Italy), Department of Civile Engineering and Architecture. He is the President of the Master Degree in “Building Engineering and Architecture” and in 2020 he won a Horizon2020 Grant for the project “RENergetic” - Project ID: 957845. He is Member of the Editorial Board of the “Journal of Urban Planning and Development” of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), ISI code: 04454J0.From 2015 to 2020 he was Municipality Council Member for City Planning, Municipality of Segrate (Milan, Italy). He has more than 150 scientific publications, Tutor in 6 PhD thesis, Tutor in 170 Master Degree Thesis.

Alessandro Greco, University of Pavia

Alessandro Greco is Associate Professor of Building Technologies at the University of Pavia (Italy ), Department of Civile Engineering and Architecture . His researches are focused on University Buildings and Colleges, Sustainable Technologies and accessibility and inclusive design.

He is visiting professor at the Universidad Central de Chile and he takes part in international design Workshop in Italy and Europe.

His researches about accessibility and inclusive design are published in National and International books and conferences proceedings.

Marsilia Moretti, University of Pavia

Eng. Marilisa Moretti is PhD Candidate. In December 2020 she graduated in Building Engineering-Architecture at the University of Pavia, with the thesis: "Description and quantitative interpretation of territorial sustainability: the DPSIR method for the Lombardy Region" Supervisor: Prof. R. De Lotto. Since March 2021 she has been working on "Soft mobility, reduction of the environmental impact and safety: studies and plans for the mobility of Pavia" dealing with the analysis of flows and critical issues relating to the issue of mobility in the City of Pavia, and in October 2021 she begins the PhD in “Design, Modeling and Simulation in Engineering”, XXXIV cycle, at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture (DICAr) of Pavia University (Italy)

Caterina Pietra, University of Pavia

Eng. Archt. Caterina Pietra, since October 2018, is PhD candidate in “Design, Modeling and Simulation in Engineering”, XXXIV cycle, at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture of Pavia University ( Italy)  and collaborates with the Urban Project Laboratory (UPLab), whose director is Professor Roberto De Lotto. In June 2018, she obtained a Double Master Degree in Building Engineering and Architecture from Pavia University and in Architecture from Tongji University in Shanghai where she discussed the thesis entitled “Heritage Conservation and Urban Regeneration: New Challenges in the Industrial Context along the East Bund of Shanghai”, supervisors: Prof. Roberto De Lotto and Prof. Zhang Peng. As part of the VI cycle of the Double Degree Program, she spent the entire academic year at Tongji University in Shanghai (A.Y. 2017/2018), at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning – CAUP. From October 2019 to December 2019, she has spent a PhD Research Period at the College of Design and Innovation of Tongji University in Shanghai, under the supervision of Professor Tiziano Cattaneo

Elisabetta Maria Venco, University of Pavia

Elisabetta Maria Venco is Assistant Professor in Urban Planning at University of Pavia (Italy), Department of Civile Engineering and Architecture. She is an Engineer and an Architect, PhD. She is tutor and co-tutor in several Master Degree Thesis; she is a reviewer for numerous international scientific journals. Since 2020, she is partner of a Horizon2020 project: “RENergetic” (ID: 957845).

The concept of flexible city and 3S city (Smart, Sustainable, Safe) in the territorial and urban planning process are the basis for all the research. In particular, they are included in the Advanced Urban Planning for the reduction of natural hazards, working on urban exposure. Significant research is carried out on methodological approaches to improve the development of the Rurban context (Rural Architectural Intensification and Rural Architecture Urbanism tested in Italy and China contexts), and on the definition of planning processes to develop and renew soft mobility systems in urban and territorial contexts.


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How to Cite
De LottoR., GrecoA., MorettiM., PietraC., & VencoE. (2022). Soft mobility planning for university cities: the case of Pavia. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 147-166.
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