Federation for
Housing and

Venice Smart City

Monday 25.08.2014 to Saturday 30.08.2014
Venice, Italy

URBEGO international workshop on sustainable mobility.


Urbego with the collaboration of the National Institute of Urban Studies (INU), the Municipality of Venice and the University of Venice (IUAV), proposes to organize an international planning workshop aimed at students and young professionals with the objective of defining sustainable alternatives to improve mobility in the city of Venice. 


The workshop aims to reflect on the network of transportation on water, the redesign the interchange terminals with particular attention to pedestrian access and propose a new system of communication and information for passengers. Through the exchange of best practices among the participants the workshop aims to propose innovative solutions for improving the water transport and the use of the adjacent urban space.

The workshop will call for a know-how which is diversified and includes three main areas of knowledge: 
  • Smart human design
  • Wayfinding 
  • Mobility system

Smart Human Scale Design The Challenge

Venice is the center of constant flows and connections on water that cause high levels of congestion and limit the accessibility of the center. Every day the insular city must sustain around 90,000 visitors, roughly double its current number of residents. The arrivals are concentrated in an area that includes the train station, the Santa Lucia station, the Tronchetto and Piazzale Roma.
These movements need to be managed and facilitated. Therefore it is fundamental for the future of the historic center that the system of terminals is capable of absorbing and directing the pedestrian flows as well as facilitating the interchange between the different modes of transport.
At the same time the improvement of the accessibility can be improved by making a diversification of the accesses to the city, strengthening of external terminals (Tessera, S. Basilio), setting upstream outside the historical center, the different users flows.
The workshop will promote an integrated and complementary planning in the terminal areas, through the reorganization of functions and flows and proposing simple design solutions to improve the accessibility, the permeability and use of public spaces.

Workshop Question

How can the Venice terminals absorb and manage the flows and respond to different needs of the visitors? What is the role of urban design in improving the accessibility of the historic city?


The workshop is open to students (Master level, PhD) at the University IUAV of Venice and young professionals from the international platform Urbego preferably with expertise in transport planning, urban design, communication and wayfinding. 


Applications should include a motivation statement and a short CV, and be sent to:
>> Deadline July 20th
Successful applicants will be informed by July 25th 2014.
>> Participation free of charge

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