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Venice Urban Lab

is an independent civic organization that deals with the sustainable transformation processes of the city with a holistic and multidisciplinary approach

In evidenza

Dialogues for the city: Urban Regeneration

Debate on the future of Marittima and Scomenzera

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𝗡𝗼𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗽 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻
Salone Verde, Venezia

Dal 19 maggio al 26 novembre 2023
Da martedì a domenica, dalle 10.00 alle 18.00. 
Ingresso libero


Great participation on Monday 14 November at the first debate organized byVenice Urban Labunder the initiative "Dialogues for the city"on unused or underutilized spaces and onUrban regeneration. Focus in particular on the area ofmaritimeand ofit will make a fuss.

The meeting, which was attended by many professionals, citizens, young people and students, took place in the LaboratoryUniv, a productive space of excellence in the field of restoration that opens up to the city to host debates and moments of civic meeting as on this occasion.

Representatives were present and spoke, as well as of the sameUniv, of the Acecitations that supported and co-organized the initiative,venice Calls,Sumus CommunityAndRialto Project.

After an overview of important but unrealized projects in the port area from 1985 to today, I concluded the introduction with avisionwhich, with a collage of projects from the Competition, thesis of Iuav design laboratories, prefigures the port as a large green lung for the city with facilities for sport, leisure, living and working.

A provocation or a possible reality? A concrete utopia?

The "Seventh District" already hypothesized in a similar debate duringTheSea Festival in 2008?

A lively debate ensued with various contributions: the creation of a “cattractive outlet” composed of theaters and cinemas; a pole of local handicraft production; the creation of a public squero, the creation of an energy community, an acceleration center for the energy transition of Venice focused on boating.

Finally, there was talk of new regulations that allow the temporary use of unused or underused spaces with innovative operating methods to be tested.

The debate is very current in view of a tender promoted by the Port Authority which should come out at the beginning of 2023.

For this we will continue with a joint action of the associations already engaged and other interested associations forinform and involve citizens in the redesign of this important portion of the city!


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As part of the 18th Architecture Biennale, the Bundesstiftung Baukultur organized the fifth edition of the Baukultur Days Venice, this year in collaboration with Venice Urban Lab and gmp von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects



VERSOVignole project!

We are delighted to collaborate with Technische Universität Berlin, VERAS Association and the German Pavilion of Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia for the VERSOVignole project! 🤝 VERSOVignole is the project of Professor Pasel's architecture course this year at TU Berlin and is part of the Maintenance 1:1 workshop program of the German Pavilion at the 18th Venice Architecture Biennale! 


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New European Bauhaus
Programma formativo di aggiornamento professionale NEB_TOGETHER


14:15 Registrazione partecipanti
14:30 Introduzione in aula ai temi delle disabilità sensoriali
Arch. Consuelo Agnesi Membro CERPA esperta disabilità sensoriale,
Laura Borghero Istruttore di Orientamento e Mobilità ANIOMAP
15:00 Passeggiata esperienziale con riferimento alle diverse forme di disabilità
Arch. Lucia Baracco Lettura Agevolata onlus, Laura Borghero Istruttore di Orientamento e Mobilità ANIOMAP,
Arch. Consuelo Agnesi Membro CERPA esperta disabilità sensoriale,
Arch. Stefano Maurizio libero professionista esperto di Universal design
16:45 Dibattito e confronto
17:00 Saluti ai partecipanti
Moderatore: Arch. Franco Gazzarri



The President of the European Commission presented yesterday the New European Bauhaus (NEB) initiative in a collateral event of the Architecture Biennale 2023 in the Aula Magna of the Università Iuav di Venezia. President recalled that the NEB is a great cultural movement in support of the European Green Deal to achieve the European climate goals and to create a fairer #society in #balance with #nature. In her speech, she emphasised that this cultural movement can only be made by #people, by all of us, by the many local #initiatives that can change things and activate small but significant transformations that, linked together, take on a global weight. We are honoured to be mentioned as actors of this transformation in the Venetian community!


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Cities are highly complex places where human activities are mostly concentrated. Well-planned cities can ensure economic prosperity, mitigate environmental degradation, reduce social inequalities and build stronger institutions.
A planned urbanization process improves the quality of life and generates immense environmental value. Conversely, if unplanned, urbanization poses a threat to environmental sustainability: uncontrolled expansion, irreversible land use changes, biodiversity loss, resource-intensive consumption patterns and high levels of pollution.

Among other interventions,Sergio Pascolo, president of Venice Urban Lab, talked about urban regeneration, del @neweuropeanbauhaus New European Bauhaus and how to make cities more livable.


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Don't miss out!

The gmp von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects exhibition 𝗨𝗠𝗕𝗔𝗨. 𝗡𝗼𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗽 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 officially opened on May 18 at the Salone Verde in Venice!
During the inauguration, the German Federal Minister for Building, Urban Development and Construction, Klara Geywitz, and the President of the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning,
Petra Wesseler, spoke to the audience. Followed by speeches bySergio Pascolo, President of Venice Urban Lab, official exhibition partner, and Volkwin Marg, founding partner of gmp von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects, as well as Stephan Schütz e 
Nikolaus Goetze, curators of the exhibition.



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Dialogues for the city

An opportunity to meet and discuss the Marittima and Scomenzera areas. This huge unused space represents great potential for Venice and the community of resident citizens. The objective of the event is to inform and promote the exchange of ideas and knowledge about past projects and the future of this lplace.

The event, organized by Venice Urban Lab is in collaboration with Venice Calls, Unisve and Sumus.


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On May 9, the training program dedicated to the  @neweuropeanbauhaus (NEB) organized by @ordinearchitettippc_venezia 

in collaboration withVenice Urban Lab, Official Partner of NEB
The very articulated program will take place in three stages corresponding to the three keywords, #beautiful#sustainable#together, with sequences of meetings in May (together), in autumn (beautiful) and spring 2024 (sustainable)
The President of Venice Urban Lab, @sergiopascoloarchitects, made a report on the NEB initiative illustrating its values and principles and outlining its application methods in urban transformation processes.




Ieri, in occasione della giornata delle Nazioni Unite, abbiamo avuto il piacere di essere stati invitati al lancio europeo del “Human Development Report” di UNDP “Uncertain Times, Unsettled Lives: Shaping our Future in a World in Transformation”, nella sede di The Human Safety Net, alle Procuratie Vecchie, a Venezia.

Nel rapporto viene sottolineata l’importanza di creare collaborazioni tra istituzioni, imprese e comunità che è anche uno dei principi cardine di Venice Urban Lab!

Link al report:



Unused spaces and Urban Regeneration:

Marittima, Scomenzera, Dorsoduro West

Among the many reports of empty, unused or underused buildings and spaces that are coming to us via la #callforspaces launched in June, although all of them are important, the largest ones are undoubtedly the “Marittima” area and the adjacent area along the Scomenzera canal, today both areas “fenced off” as port.

October 2022

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E-contest 2022: A competition for images on Venice of the future

Sergio Pascolo participated in the competition as a jury, together with Claudio Iannelli, founder of e-concept, Mara Sartore, Jane Da Mosto and Laura Scarpa. E-contest invited all those who love Venice to represent, through an image, their vision of Venice in the future.

"What will the city look like, who will live in it, how will the inhabitants move around?"

October 2022

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Climathon Venice 2022
Venice Urban Lab is a partner of the Climathon Venice 2022, organized by Venice Calls. This year's challenge is  investigating "how the use of renewable energies and the birth of energy communities can influence and promote urban regeneration processes in fragile socio-ecological contexts, such as the one of Venice and its lagoon".


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Historical markets e

urban regeneration in Europe

Promoted initiative from the Veneto Institute of Sciences, Letters and Arts at Palazzo Franchetti. Sergio Pascolo intervenes in the Thursday 3 November with a focus on urban regeneration in Venice 


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Venise Révélée

The exhibition Venise Révélée iinaugurated in September at the Grand Palais Immersif, in Paris, it will remain open until February 2023. In the exhibition catalogue, the final chapter, by Sergio Pascolo, deals with the future of Venice.

21.09.2022 - 19.02.2023

"What future for the Rialto market?"

In a public meeting, Gianpaolo Scarante, Deborah, Liana Levi and Sergio Pascolo will intervene in the conversation with Donatella Calabi, author of the volume: "Rialto. The market island in Venice", now also published in English to reach an international audience. An opportunity to reflect on the possible planning for a revitalization of the market such as that activated in various European cities by inserting it in a broad perspective that concerns the future of the city.



Article on the weekly "Gente Veneta"

On the weeklyVenetian peoplean article on the unused spaces of Venice. A joint initiative byVenice Urban LabAndVenice Calls proposes a mapping and involves citizens to design their regeneration!


High housing tension

Venice Urban Lab adheres to the ATA campaign supported by the platform of Venetian associations - Launch of presentation at the Toniolo Theater,


Call for Spaces, Ideas, Places, Buildings

The initiative to learn about the real situation of unused spaces in Venice, launched in June 2022 by Venice Urban Lab and Venice Calls, is moving forward with interesting results.

The objective is a path of knowledge and shared growth to activate bottom up transformation processes through the participation and involvement of citizens, first of all preparing a mapping and then a recognition of ideas to regenerate common urban goods with shared functions

Welcome Venice
On the occasion of the screening of the film Welcome Venice at the Sergio Pascolo Theater, he participates in the dialogue on cities and tourism coordinated by Pietro Del Soldà of Radio3 with the Director Andrea Segre, the actor Andrea Pennacchi, Prof. Jan Van Der Borg of Ca 'Foscari Goldoni  


New European Bauhaus Special Event


the New European Bauhaus in the lagoon city . A day of training, reflection, exchange of ideas and creativity, on the global challenges expressed in the reality of our city that Venice Urban Lab, official partner of New European Bauhaus: beautiful, sustainable, together, organizes on the occasion of the Brussels FESTIVAL.

Spazio Tethis, Arsenale, Venice


New European Bauhaus
Alongside prestigious European Universities and Institutions, Venice Urban Lab is Official Partner of the "New European Bauhaus" 
10.02. 2022

From Vision to action 2

Informal presentation of the program at the venue
of S. Croce 862

20.11. 2021

From vision to action

Presentation of Venice Urban Lab, an event organized within the Italian Pavilion, 17th Venice Architecture Biennale, introduction by Benno Albrecht, Rector of the Iuav University of Venice, with the participation of the President of the Bundesstiftung Baukultur Reiner Nagel and the President of the University of Veneto Gianpaolo Scarante

Text in italics like the others

26.10. 2021

VeNews / Architecture

Housing therapy.

The Venice “case” at the Italian Pavilion Article in VeNews
Nr. 256-257

10 / 11.2021

Conference at the University of Veneto
Presentation of the book in dialogue with Gianpaolo Scarante President of the Ateneo Veneto and Nicola Pianon, Senior Partner of Boston Consulting Group


Venice Twenty-first century
Visions and strategies for a sustainable renaissance
Release in bookstores 

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