Co-producing healthy clean commuting air spots in town

Current status \ Ongoing (July 2020 / June 2023) – 36 Months
Funding programme \ Urban Innovation Actions (UIA) 5th Call 2020 – ERDF
Project budget \ € 3.999.989,44 (€ 248.920 Dastu, Labsimurb)
Project Leader \ Comune di Ferrara

Keywords \ blue green infrastructure, air quality, healthy cities, co-creation  (sito del progetto)

The AIR BREAK project aims at reducing air pollution by 25% in selected areas of the city and at tackling related issues, such as commuting issues, lack of urban green spaces and lack of updated air quality information; It will do so by experimenting  an evidence/data based strategy and citizen-centric approach and integrating a set of innovative and tailor-based solutions. Through a holistic and bottom-up approach, AIR BREAK will involve citizens and stakeholders to go beyond the collection of air quality data and related monitoring approach; and implement concrete actions to transform “dark-high-emission zones” in “green-augmented-healthy zones”. The project lays its innovation in the integration of complementary solutions: in-depth knowledge about air pollution; innovative models to incentivise clean commuting and soft mobility; Nature Based and Smart Solutions to reduce air pollutants; and a co-creation approach based on innovative gamification and rewarding mechanisms.


Partnership: Municipality of Ferrara; 2 universities: University of Ferrara; Polytechnic of Milan; 1 public agency: S.I.PRO. Ferrara Development Agency; 2 private organisations: HERA S.p.A; Dedagroup Public Services; 1 SME: Lab Service Analytica srl; 1 research institution: Bruno Kessler Foundation.

Dastu Coordinator: Eugenio Morello, responsible for the co-creation design method and urban planning integration of solutions 
with Nicola Colaninno, Marika Fior and Erpinio Labrozzi.
Research Structure: Laboratorio di Simulazione Urbana Fausto Curti

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22/10/2020 Public launch of the project to the Stakeholder Alliance 
17/10/2020 Press Release and first presentation of AIR BREAK
06/07/2020 UIA 5th Call for Proposals: get an insight of the 11 new UIA projects

This project has received funding from the ERDF Urban Innovation Actions 2020.