Between 29 May and 8 June, Professor Michael Neuman co-led the Collaborative and interdisciplinary international design charrette on sustainable urbanism, taking place in Florence, with the help of fellow Professor Camilla Perrone from the University of Florence. The event was funded by a £39,000 grant from the University of Westminster’s Strategic Research Fund.
The workshop analysed and developed prototype urban development solutions for a specific site in Florence. The aim of the project was to develop solutions improving the health and well-being of the metropolitan area’s population.
The two-week workshop involved discussions and exploratory research between architects, technicians, urban designers, political scientist, engineers, sociologists as well as Master of Architecture (MArch RIBA Pt II) students and academics from the University of Westminster and the University of Florence.
At the end of the event, Westminster students had the opportunity to deliver a presentation about their work project in the highly regarded Palazzo Medici, seat of the Metropolitan City of Florence, to which government representatives attended as part of the preparation of a metropolitan plan for the area.