Off Campus: living labs for sustainable neighbourhoods
Tutor: Prof. Davide Fassi
In the last decades Universities have started to develop and promote social responsibility programs including research and classes. This is reinforcing the idea that campuses are not only places where academic knowledge is produced but they are incubator of social practices that could be spread outside their boundaries. When campuses are within neighbourhoods, there is a strong risk to isolate them with tangible and intangible fences that do not allow a fruitful collaboration between the academic community and the neighborhoods one. This workshop will explore spatial and service solutions to boost the creation of links between the academic realm and the community of the neighbourhoods to boost social innovation for a better life.
There are many resources in the campus. Try to find different plant species in the campus, and dig it out to observe the root system. What can you see, and what you can’t see?
Different sources of energy are jointly used in the campus and in your city. Could you list some clean energy? Can we use different biomass to produce biofuel and other clean energy?
Many kinds of wastes are produced daily in the campus. What kinds of methods can be applied to purify the wastewater? Waste is a misplaced resource. Shall we extract resource or energy from the wastewater?
We live in a symbiotic ecosystem. What are the main elements in a typical ecological ecosystem? How to enhance the evolution of a specific symbiotic ecosystem? Do you agree with the theory of “unity of the human and man”?
Starting from the analysis of the built environment, operation and daily use of the campus, through the introduction of principles and methods, establish the strategies and technologies for zero-carbon campus in response to climate change, and put forward innovative technical proposals from the perspective of new energy and carbon sequestration. Integrated development of green roof and roof photovoltaic technologies for carbon peak targeting, use of three-dimensional garden compounding and regenerative recycling technologies, real-time monitoring of carbon emission and absorption capacity of the campus through the campus eco-twin platform and IoT data back transmission, etc.
The notion of Sustainable Campus defines sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing
human and ecological health, social justice, and secure livelihoods for all generations according to the guidelines of the Sustainable Development Goals (SGD). In particular, the concept of a sustainable university should comprise the three realms of sustainable development: environmental protection, economic performance, and social cohesion. As it is obvious, each of these realms implies a call for creative innovation. Yet, universities are as well locations in which research and innovation are by definition carried out. One main dimension of a sustainable campus should be therefore anticipating the outcomes, the impacts, and the side-effects of the research projects carried out inside the university campus itself. A university campus will be sustainable only to the extent that the outcomes of its own research projects will also be sustainable. The course will explore the main dimensions of a Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) by taking into account two main disciplines: Artificial Intelligence and Biotechnology. The sustainability of a sustainable campus will show up mainly in an approach according to which research and innovation move from a vision in which science and technology are embedded in the society to a vision in which science and technology are for the society and with the society. A variety of examples of will be illustrated during the course.