Project Presentation:

SoURCE (Sustainable urban Cells) is a "Significant Bilateral Project" approved within the Executive Programme on Scientific and Technological Cooperation between Italian Repubblic and the Kingdom of Sweden, under the research area Energy and Enviroment: Sustainable Cities.

The project, financed for the italian side by the Ministry of Education, University and Research, is carried out by CITERA (Centro Interdipartimentale Territorio Edilizia, Restauro, Ambiente - Interdepartmental Centre for Territory, Housing, Heritage and Enviroment) of the Sapienza University of Rome and the Department of Urban Pallning & Enviroment of the Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm.


Project Keywords:

Smart cities, Sustainable building, Energy consumption reduction, Renewable energy production, Renewable Energy Production, Environmental Sustainability, Holistic approach, Ageing society, Horizon 2020;


International contextualization of the project

The year 2007 marked a turning point in the history of markind's social social evolution. The percentage of residents in urban areas compared to the rest of the planet was reversed, with an average of more than 50% of the global population(i.e. 3.3 billion people) living in or around urbanized areas, for different reasons; from this premises moves the project SoURCE ( Sustainable Urban Cells) focused on sustainable management and reshaping of urban areas, SoURCE project takes in consideration the new European initiatives such as the JPI (Join Programming Initiative) Urban Europe and is in the perspective of the framework Directive EU2020.


Project methodology and results

The aim of the project was to provide pratical guidelines and policies in order to re-shape urban areas, rethinking the integrated design of building systems and pursuing the goals of energy savings and enviromental susteinability, even for a better quality of life for the oldest population. The initial idea from the Italian side, completely approved, adopted and further developed by theSwedish. Consequentially, the primary goal of the research was to experience the "sustainable reshaping of the city" by identifying a singular or multiple model of "urban cell", i.e. a minimum core of the larger city's model itself and provide a tool for Public Administration to assess and re-shape the territory towards a a low energy territory. The procedure set up during the first year, focus on the correlation between energy and territory, allowed to relate the energy balance of production from Renewable Energy Sources and consumptions, in a specific territorial area: the urban cell.