Venice Project Center
1988 - ONGOING
Every year, since 1988, students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have carried out research projects at the Venice Project Center (VPC) to address some of the major problems faced by the city of Venice, using a scientific and technological approach. Over the 3+ decades of activity, the projects have covered a wide range of topics, from conservation of cultural heritage to in-depth analysis of the hydrogeological data of the lagoon. These data form the basis for the operation of many City services for the community, and are used daily by applications and predictive models . Some of these projects have inspired the creation of Venetian startups.
SerenDPT hosts the VPC inside the H3 Factory since 2017.
January 2020 - ONGOING
The effects of overtourism on urban societies represent emerging fields of (re)production of social exclusion, that are not finding structural solutions in mainstream urban planning and management models. The smart city solutions of destinations are still to a larger extent to be proved how they represent an overall improvement for resident communities.
SMARTDEST is an EU-funded H2020 research project, bringing together 11 universities and 1 innovation center from seven European and Mediterranean countries. The project's aim is to develop innovative solutions in the face of the conflicts and externalities produced by tourism-related mobilities in cities, achieved by informing the design of alternative policy options for more socially inclusive places in the age of mobilities.
From January 2020 the project fills its ambitious goal through research and development activities using 7 cities/metropolitan regions as case studies. These include Amsterdam, Barcelona, Jerusalem, Venice, Lisbon, Edinburgh, Ljubljana and Turin, in which social imbalances have arisen in relation to the contemporary development of tourism mobilities, and that are actively looking for solutions in the planning, regulatory or social innovation fields.
SerenDPT srl-sb leads the SMARTDEST Venice Case Study.
SMARTDEST official website https://smartdest.eu/
REPORTs by SerenDPT
INNOVATION CAMP in Venice (July 6-7, 2023 ) (Webpage of the event)
We carried out 28 interviews with representatives of organizations active in the territory of Venice whose activities are influential for the scope of the research. Through this we identified potential partners in the co-production of knowledge related to our main topics.
We organised 3 focus groups conducted mirrored the three primary issues: Housing (Hospitality and Housing representatives- 6 participants), Jobs (Workers and Commerce representatives - 6 participants) and Mobility (Urban Transportation experts - 3 participants) to delve more deeply into the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) in their respective sectors, to arrive at possible policies to address the depopulation. The long-term results we expect from our City Lab focus group sessions include relationship building and brokering which may lead to coalition building and the potential formation of new groups that can carry the process forward beyond SmartDest.
The Venice City Lab was physically conducted at SerenDPT’s H3 Factory (ex-church of Saints Cosmas and Damian) on the Giudecca island.
WPI Venice Shops Data (2022): recording the shops throughout the city to give a picture of the job diversity. Adding as integration AirBnb data to help understanding the evolving housing situation.
WPI Housing Repository (2022): collecting a complete set of data on housing in Venice will give future researchers and residents an accurate data set to compare past and future trends
WPI Mobility Repository (2022): the history of transportation in Venice, documents the current state and limitations of the public transportation system in 2022, and explores the possibilities and benefits of a new underwater subway system.
WPI Repository of vital metrics (2021): a collection of data and visualizations created for researchers and residents throughout Venice.
2016 - 2017