Project: Tasks

A series of different tasks involving comparative field research and studio work is proposed in order to cover the first level of analysis identified above. Potential tasks are listed below, including a preliminary list of cities and institutions, which is to be confirmed.

TASK 1 – Paths of urban design and campuses integration

Comparative field research, through teams involved in studio work, will be conducted in different cities to discuss the issues identified and propose future avenues and ideas for development. The analysis will focus on the discussion of the level of spatial concentration/dispersion, as well as on the development of university campuses or science parks in urban peripheries.

Proposed field work: Brazilia and its three new university campuses; Moscow, including the recently established city of Skolkovo; Rio de Janeiro, including the campus of the local Federal University; Lisbon, including Taguspark at the periphery of the city; Boston/Cambridge. Other cities will be included, as considered adequate.

TASK 2 – Evolving scenarios for existing (old and recent) campuses design

The design of existing campuses and parks will be discussed in terms of their evolution and related impact on the social context of the campuses, as well as on their interaction with academic, scientific, cultural and economic goals. Attention will be given to the emergence of technology-enabled active learning environments and their impact on campuses design and the “social construction” of systems increasingly dependent on knowledge and technology.

Proposed field work: Brasilia; Tshingua, in Beijing, Rio de Janeiro Federal University campus at “Ilha do Fundão”; Taguspark, in the vicinity of Lisbon; Harvard in Cambridge/Boston. Other cities will be included, as considered adequate.

TASK 3 – Engaging stakeholders and systematic, research-driven, policy action

The continuous interaction of the research team with policy makers and main stakeholders will be guaranteed through a series of policy actions, including specialized meetings and visits. Attention will be given to the local characteristics of the processes of technical change and of their specific regulatory, institutional and organizational constraints, as well as to related processes of stakeholder engagement. The ultimate goal is to maximize the impact of the project and establishing new reference material at a leading world level.

Proposed cities for policy actions: Skolkovo/Moscow; Lisboa; Rio de Janeiro (tbc): Istanbul (tbc). Other cities will be included, as considered adequate.

It is clear that the work proposed under these three tasks require an integrative approach, making use of multidisciplinary teams and collaborative work.

Other potential tasks to be promoted in future phases of the project may include the following:

Designing future campuses

The study of emerging and future campuses and science parks will be analyzed making use of comparative assessments and fieldwork. To which extent spatial and temporal flexibility is driving the new designs? How far the campus site overall (including the individual buildings and the spaces within them) should be a place that enables the students (and teachers) to undergo experiences that are transformative?

Proposed fieldwork: Luanda, Istanbul. Emerging plans for new campuses may consider Skolkovo and Macao.

Building design and integration in the campus

The analysis will include a diversified set of spaces, from conventional classrooms to collaborative learning studio spaces, promoting the discussion of emerging issues associated with the requirements for understanding flexibility, together with the necessary “ambience” to provide both formal and informal learning spaces in the decades to come. Considering the need to preserve and foster the sophistication necessary to university and science buildings, the analysis will consider opening part of those buildings to foster processes of social and economic integration. In other words, to evolve from conventional university buildings based on single-use zoning to mixed-used buildings.

Potential field work: To be defined.


Please look at the following sections of this working paper:


Introduction: goal and approach

Context and background

Implementation and field research

Work proposal (This page)

Appendix 1: background information and sample literature survey

Appendix 2: Preliminary list of cities and institutions for field research