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Town Centre Pathways Summerschool

Town Centre Pathways Summerschool

Town Centre Pathways – Summerschool

Summerschool Resilient Territories

Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programme


22.-26.6.2023, Leibniz University Hannover


The Summerschool “Town Centre Pathways” combines research and learning innovation for the regeneration of town centres of middle and small cities and their potential role as driver towards climate neutrality and social, cultural, and economic innovation. The case study of the Summerschool is the town centre of Celle, in the Metropolitan Region Hannover Braunschweig Göttingen Wolfsburg.


Cooperating partners:

Faculty of Architecture and Landscape, Leibniz University Hannover (Germany),

Faculty of Architecture of the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia),

Department of Construction, Civil Engineering and Architecture of Marche Polytechnic University in Ancona (Italy),

Department of Architecture of the University of Palermo (Italy),

and the City of Celle (Germany).


Directed by Jörg Schröder (LUH), Federica Scaffidi (LUH), Matevž Juvančič (UL), Maddalena Ferretti (UnivPM), and Annalisa Contato (UniPa), together with Barbara Lino (UniPa), Daniele Ronsivalle (UniPa), Benedetta di Leo (UnivPM), and Leonardo Moretti (UnivPM).


Organised by the Chair for Territorial Design and Urban Planning, Leibniz University Hannover.


Special thanks to Elena Kuhls, Commissioner for Urban Planning of the City of Celle.




The summer school TERRITORIAL INNOVATION in the new Erasmus+ Pro- gramme BIP focuses on cities and towns in metropolitan and peripheral situations, aiming to pathways to realise climate neutrality, inclusiveness, and new economic perspectives based on cultural, green, and digital innovation. New forms of organising living spaces, combining housing and work, social innovation, circular economy are addressed starting from a spatial point of view, from urban planning and urban design, with interdisciplinary linkages to mobility planning, social, ecologic, cultural, and economic disciplines. Master students in urbanism and territorial development as well as doctoral students from the cooperating universities will take part in a joint and research-oriented teaching programme, combining digital teaching and learning with an in-place workshop. Profes- sors and lecturers of the cooperating universities form a joint team for teaching with the aim to boost knowledge and abilities in urbanism and territorial development towards innovation. The summer school aims to become a series, an itinerant laboratory for territorial innovation, that links the expertise of the partners with multiple challenges in different situations, towards new and novel approaches in urbanism. The summer schools include the cooperation with local experts, stakeholders, cultural, civic, and entrepreneurial initiatives in a multi-actor approach.


The first edition of the Itinerant Laboratory is organised by the Chair for Territorial Design of Leibniz University Hannover. It addressed the topic of town centres in metropolitan areas which undergo massive change: shops are vanishing, buildings are empty, new activation and use perspectives are under discussion; influenced by debates on how to realise climate neutrality, attractiveness, and a new social, cultural, and economic role of town centres. Transition to the circular and digital economy, lack of social housing, the challenge of sustainable mobility, and questions regarding public space, social infrastructures, and culture are some of the issues addressed. Supported by inputs, student groups will develop analytical, conceptual, and visioning projects for a case study in the Hannover metropolitan region, the town centre of Celle. The summer school takes place in the Architecture Building of Leibniz University Hannover.



Funded by the European Union

Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programme