Responses to change

EUREKA (European Urban REgenerators Knowledge Alliance) is an Erasmus+ project which aims to train new professional figures (urban regenerators) for the urban regeneration of the future, based on investment in knowledge and culture with a strong social impact. Led by the Iuav University of Venice, it involves in partnership 4 European universities and 11 actors from 9 different countries, including LAMA.

LAMA is in charge of the on-going monitoring of results and impact assessment (at micro, meso and macro levels) of the project in its entirety.


(Ph: Eureka – Amsterdam International School, by Bert Wisse)

In foto alcuni studenti del training Eureka che mira a formare gli innovatori urbani del futuro.
In foto alcuni studenti del training Eureka che mira a formare gli innovatori urbani del futuro.

With a budget of 8.5 M€, co-funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme, T-Factor involves 25 partners from 11 European countries plus two from China and the USA. Focusing on the time between the approval of an urban regeneration masterplan and the completion of the construction site, T-Factor demonstrates how temporary uses of space can be extraordinary opportunities for cultural, social and economic activation, making regeneration more effective, resilient and sustainable.

LAMA, in collaboration with I-Propeller/KPMG, is in charge of the impact evaluation of the project, taking care of both the measurement of the outcomes at local level in the 6 pilot cities, and the evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of T-Factor’s “city mentoring” model, in terms of the strengthening of the pilots and local alliances activated. Lastly, LAMA assesses the transnational impact of the project, in terms of knowledge and exchange networks generated around sustainable regeneration issues.


Usi temporanei degli spazi: questo l'argomento principale del progetto T-Factor nella cui foto sono ritratti i partner europei durante un meeting
Usi temporanei degli spazi: questo l'argomento principale del progetto T-Factor nella cui foto sono ritratti i partner europei durante un meeting

LAMA carried out the context analysis for the urban regeneration intervention conducted by Kervis SGR in the Bicocca district of Milan.

The study was conducted through desk research and included socio-economic analysis, identification of key stakeholders and analysis of the local real estate market (prices, benchmarks and trends) in order to identify the key elements of the intervention’s best spatial positioning, as well as potential ESG practices to be activated before, during and after real estate development. The study represented the preliminary action aimed at better qualifying the positioning of the intervention concept.

Analisi di contesto per intervento di rigenerazione urbana: in foto il quartiere Bicocca di Milano

+ CASCINE is a collective contribution of civic imagination on the Parco delle Cascine in Florence, created to promote its identity as a cultural institution and common good.

It was a path of research, stakeholder engagement and communication, promoted by Manifattura Tabacchi and LAMA, with the aim of bringing to the city’s attention the theme of governance, protection, enhancement and liveability of Florence’s largest green lung. Starting from a desk research on the key features of the Park’s history and heritage, LAMA carried out in-depth interviews with experts, economic operators of the Park, cultural institutions and public administration referents, which produced a document of collective imagination, an augmented map of the Park and a call for projects destined to create a public digital archive of the numerous studies and projects on the Park from various disciplinary points of view.


Parco delle Cascine di Firenze: una veduta dall'alto.

LAMA was commissioned by the social enterprise “Con i Bambini” to carry out a Meta-analysis of Education Programs to fight learning poverty in Italy (2016-2018).

The subject of the investigation is the approximately EUR 214 million of funding realised through three national calls for tenders, of which LAMA analysed the Theory of Change and mapped the projects funded (analysing the relevant partnerships, objectives and innovative practices implemented).

LAMA also carried out a participatory evaluation of the project results, through questionnaires to the project leaders, partner schools and internal evaluators. The final outcome of the Meta-analysis is the production of a set of policy recommendations addressed to policy-makers and stakeholders of child education poverty in Italy, who were also involved in the process through interviews and dedicated workshops.


Meta-analisi dei Programmi di contrasto della povertà educativa: in foto bambini in classe.
Meta-analisi dei Programmi di contrasto della povertà educativa: in foto bambini in classe.

The Florence Osservatorio dei Mestieri d’Arte (OMA), together with the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, commissioned LAMA to carry out a feasibility study to check the condition of the artistic craftsmanship enterprises in the Florentine area, useful for the definition of a model to support the (re)establishment of these enterprises in the Historic Centre of Florence, with the dual objective of supporting the sector and providing an opportunity to relaunch the city.

The study was carried out through the analysis of regulations and context data concerning the Florentine artistic handcraft sector, a questionnaire to the companies of the OMA network, interviews to local stakeholders, a desk research of European best practices on resettlement projects. Possible scenarios were then drawn up, with relative risks and opportunities, for models to support artistic craftwork, favouring its settlement in the historic centre.

InCUBE is a Horizon Europe project involving a wide network of partners from the construction, energy efficiency and urban regeneration sectors.

In line with the sustainability objectives promoted by the Green Deal and the New European Bauhaus, it supports the realisation of redevelopment interventions on 3 buildings in European cities (Zaragoza, Groningen, and Trento) characterised by different uses, introducing and testing the integration of new technologies and processes in a way never seen before in the sector. LAMA participates in the project as a social impact expert. Its role is to facilitate inclusive processes involving the workers involved and the end users of the buildings. Through a continuous cycle of pre-assessment, coaching, and evaluation of the three pilots, LAMA helps the different sites and their stakeholders to implement inclusive approaches and evaluate the results achieved.

Budget: €9.989.643,0

Duration: 48 months

Role: Partner


Applicant: ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS [CERTH] GR Other partner organisations: 1) Intelligent Solutions for Zero and Positive Energy Buildings [IsZEB] GR 2) KENTYOU [KENT] FR 3) Institut de Tecnologia de la Construccion de Catalunya [ITeC] ES 4) Federatie van Verenigingen voor Verwarming en Luchtbehandeling in Europa [REHVA] BE 5) COMUNE DI TRENTO [TRE] IT 6) Fondazione Bruno Kessler [FBK] IT 7) RINA Consulting S.p.A. [RINA-C] IT 8) K-Flex Polska sp. z o.o. [K-FLEX] PO 9) TEGOLA CANADESE SRL [TEGOLA] IT 10) Tera Società a Responsabilità Limitata [TERA] IT 11) Evolvere SpA Società Benefit [EVOLVERE] IT 12) Eneren S.r.l. [ENEREN] IT 13) Sociedad Municipal Zaragoza Vivienda S.L.U [ZAVI] ES 14) FUNDACION CIRCE CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION DE RECURSOS Y CONSUMOS ENERGETICOS [CIRCE] ES 15) METRO7 EDIFICACION SINGULAR Y CONSTRUCCION SOSTENIBLE, S.L. [METRO7] ES 16) ABORA ENERGY, S.L. [ABORA] ES 17) Kover Siglo XXI, S.L. [KOVER] ES 18) EDP SOLAR ESPAÑA SA [EDPS] ES 19) Van Wijnen Groningen B.V. [VW] NL 20) Stichting Lefier [LEFIER] NL 21) STICHTING NEW ENERGY COALITION [NEC] NL 22) WEBO B.V. [WEBO] NL

The BET! – project, in which LAMA is a partner together with ActionAid, AIDGLOBAL, Oxfam and APDD Agenda 21 – is funded by the European Erasmus+ programme and aims to innovate the professional practices, skills and knowledge of 400 European teachers in order to adequately respond to the challenges of a global and digital society.

LAMA supported the needs analysis on educational innovation and digital competence development in the Covid 19 and post-Covid 19 era; this analysis served to support the design of a European Digital Curriculum useful to identify the best learning strategies and the implementation of the BET! Academy – a set of training courses and webinars for teachers.

Budget: €293.262,0

Duration: 24 months

Role: Partner


Applicant: Oxfam Italia Onlus (IT) Other partner organisations: 1) ASOCIATIA ASISTENTA SI PROGRAME PENTRU DEZVOLTARE DURABILA – AGENDA 21 (RO) 2) AIDGLOBAL – Acção e Integração para o Desenvolvimento Global (PT) 3) ACTION AID HELLAS ASTIKI MI KERDOSKOPIKI ETAIRIA (EL)

Firenze Prossima is a large-scale citizen survey that was based on the dissemination of online questionnaires and the use of digital engagement tools to collect responses and proposals from citizens on various issues that concern them.

How have people’s habits changed as a result of the pandemic? What factors contribute to improving the quality of life in the districts and neighbourhoods? What are citizens’ priorities for making Florence greener and more sustainable?

The survey, supported by a communication and data visualisation campaign, ran for a month through five online questionnaires (one for each district), and collected a total of 7485 valid response. Four reports were produced on the changes in Florence, the strategic themes, the focus on young people, women and city users, and districts. The reports can be downloaded here:


The overall objective of the evaluation work of the program “TorinoProxima – From Civic Imagination to Social Enterprise,” assigned by Compagnia di San Paolo to LAMA, is to guide the Foundation in the general understanding of the effectiveness of the initiative promoted, the purpose of which is to stimulate civic and cultural imagination projects on the future of the City of Turin towards the creation of a new social impact entrepreneurship. From the evidence emerging from the analysis of implementation of the pre-acceleration pathways, LAMA produced a series of reflections on the possible replicability/scalability of the intervention model.


The partnership consisting of Ambiente Spa (lead partner), LAMA, OIKUMENA (Moldovan NGO) and RACSE (Ukrainian think tank) was awarded the contract for the Black Sea pollution diagnostic service, funded by the World Bank’s Blueing the Black Sea Program. The overall objective of the program is to foster investment in the blue economy for the Black Sea and strengthen regional dialogue and institutions. LAMA was responsible for stakeholder analysis and stakeholder mapping, engagement processes and consultation with communities in the most polluted areas through interviews and online questionnaires. The objective of the activity being carried out by LAMA is to increase collaboration, knowledge transfer, and synergies among institutions to address the problem of pollution in the Black Sea and to raise awareness of these problems at both institutional and non-institutional levels. Together with the World Bank, LAMA was also responsible for the dissemination of the final results of the assignment.


In 2018, LAMA wanted to ground its experience on implemented urban regeneration interventions (Impact HUB and Manifattura Tabacchi Florence), with the writing of a white paper entitled “Designing Multistakeholder Urban Regeneration”. A contribution of knowledge and case histories that aims to be a useful tool for Public Administrations, Professionals, Operators and Real Estate Development Funds to initiate processes and policies of urban regeneration that see the co-presence of elements essential to the success and sustainability of these interventions: the involvement of communities, the quality of real estate supply, the mobilization of public-private finance, and the protection of the collective interest for the development of polycentric and biodiverse cities. The White Paper is the result of a research and engagement process that involved interviews, meetings, and desk research activities, combining a reading of current trends and policies with a collective and choral vision that feeds on the views and expertise of all stakeholders.

Download the white paper (in Italian)

In 2015, LAMA, in partnership with Social Seed, was commissioned by Fondazione Unipolis to conduct research aimed at analyzing emerging forms of the collaborative economy, to identify possible points of contact or interaction with the world of cooperative enterprises and highlight areas of innovation and “mutual contamination” that may emerge for these two worlds.


In 2016, LAMA, in a joint venture with Irecoop Emilia Romagna, was awarded the contract, through a tender by the National Agency for Investment Attraction and Enterprise Development INVITALIA – MISE, to carry out a feasibility study aimed at investigating the phenomenon of community cooperation and the presidium/care/development impacts on the territory that it is able to generate. The study conducted in collaboration with Italia Consulting Network SpA, A.I.C.CO.N., Atlante, Euricse, Barberini Foundation, Tor Vergata University, defined community cooperation as a manifestation, tool and outcome of a broad phenomenon of community resilience in the most impoverished and least accessible areas across the country and is ultimately considered a policy tool.


In 2018, Nesta Italia – with the support of Unicredit – launched a national survey to map innovative practices in Italian health and welfare, focusing specifically on “collaborative health” models, that is, those that leverage individual and collective empowerment and the enabling role of technologies to promote greater system inclusiveness and sustainability.

LAMA participated in the research by curating the analysis of the Italian context, interviewing stakeholders, and developing the conceptual framework for collaborative health in Italy. LAMA also contributed to the mapping of case studies and the production of final recommendations addressed to health systems, businesses, and nonprofit stakeholders.

In 2018, LAMA was awarded, through a tender by the National Agency for the Attraction of Investments and Enterprise Development INVITALIA – MISE, the assignment for the feasibility study of a user- and worker-owned cooperative platform in urban mobility. Conducted in partnership with Aiccon, CO.TA.BO, Unipol Gruppo, CGIL, CNS, Cooperatives Europe, and the Platform Cooperativism Consortium, the study carried out a feasibility plan for the realisation of a cooperative platform, as well as a national and international benchmarking analysis on shared mobility models and a sample survey on the mobility habits of the citizens of Bologna, the tester city identified in the study.


LAMA Impresa Sociale - Studio di fattibilità di una piattaforma cooperativa nell’ambito della mobilità urbana
LAMA Impresa Sociale - Studio di fattibilità di una piattaforma cooperativa nell’ambito della mobilità urbana

Business and social economy are often treated as independent sectors. Most often, however, they are united by an interest in social impact, which leads to forms of collaboration that have significant potential for innovation and community benefit.

Together with the lead partner Technopolis, and five other international research centres, LAMA contributed to a European study commissioned by EASME (EU Commission) as a follow-up to the Social Business Initiative, a European initiative to support social enterprise.

The study assessed existing collaborations between businesses and the third sector, through questionnaires, interviews and the realisation of case studies in different sectors and subject areas. LAMA was also responsible for the development of an evaluation model for profit/non-profit collaborations, co-created with experts, companies and stakeholders from the sector.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the way we produce, consume, care, and participate. Today, it is crucial to ask how best to harness these technologies to make them a tool for well-being, serving the priorities and needs of the community. In 2019, LAMA won the tender issued by NESTA UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to carry out a study aimed at mapping the state of the art of how AI is being used today in collective projects, to enable new forms of exchange, collaboration, and shared problem solving at a local or global level.


Since 2016, LAMA has been an accredited subject for the Impact Assessment of projects aimed at addressing educational poverty, financed by the social enterprise Con i Bambini (managing entity of the National Fund for the fight against child educational poverty). In these projects, LAMA is responsible for impact assessment, which is carried out through participatory and statistical approaches, employing qualitative-quantitative methods with the use of questionnaires to children, families and teachers, focus groups with teachers and parents, semi-structured interviews with stakeholders, data collection from stakeholders and from official statistical sources.