Padua is like many other city universities where the city and its university coexist and merge into a large campus that is structured, organized, and developed through shared projects, plans, and policies.
The Unicity Workshop aims to define the structure and function of an integrated urban system toward building a “university city” of quality and attractiveness. The workshop describes the actions and achievements taken over the three years of interdisciplinary research.
The event offers an open discussion of experiences developed in other contexts and presents a book focused on the interactions between the University and the City of Padua. The two entities intertwine to produce an economic system, as well as a social sphere and urban structure. The question remains, does this relationship offer adequate urban policies for Padua, the University City.
What is a university city? Is it an integrated urban system with different people sharing space and services that collaborate for the overall quality of the city, aimed at cultural liveliness and increasing attractiveness? Or, are university cities merely an urban system fragmented by the closed enclosures of departments and academic buildings, void of integration of people and practices in constant competition for the use of urban space and infrastructures?
Rather, a university city could be an institutional agreement for the synergistic construction of development and growth strategies that believes that future generations are the indispensable growth factor for urban vitality.
Patrizia Messina (University of Padua) coordinates and introduces the meeting. Discussions: Giovanni Allegretti (University of Coimbra), Coralia Cotoraci (UVVG of Arad), Nicola Martinelli (Polytechnic of Bari), Giancarlo Corò (Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice), Andrea Micalizzi (Municipality of Padua), Monica Fedeli, Vice Rector of Unipd to the Third Mission, and, in connection from Bologna, Raffaele Laudani (Municipality of Bologna). Michelangelo Savino (University of Padua) offers closing remarks.
Registration is required to participate (registrations are closed).
The University of Padua’s YouTube channel will stream the event online.