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The Organization of a “Learnscape” Node in the Cognitive University Campuses Network in Poveglia Island

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Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 788-814
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13044/j.sdewes.d7.0317
Franz Bittenbinder1, Che Liu1, Nicola Moretti1 , Lavinia C. Tagliabue2, Angelo L. C. Ciribini2, Fulvio Re Cecconi1, Iva Kovacic3
1 Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32, Milano, Italy
2 Department of Civil, Environmental, Architectural Engineering and Mathematics, University of Brescia, Piazza del Mercato, 15, Brescia, Italy
3 Institute for Interdisciplinary Construction Process Management, Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Wien, Austria


Regeneration of existing buildings and abandoned areas is a governmental and European key objective. This research focuses on Poveglia: an abandoned island in the Venetian lagoon, Italy. The underpinning idea concerns the upgrade of Poveglia to a zero energy Cognitive University Campus, connected to other educational institutions in the lagoon. The vision aims at reusing abandoned islands combining architecture, learning environments and digital networks, to demonstrate the potential of new technologies for the transformation of abandoned areas. The case study demonstrates the effectiveness of employing improved and revised systems and tools, developed in eLUX lab at the University of Brescia, for the regeneration of the island. The inclusion of the island in a smart campus network results in triggering positive synergies both enhancing energy efficiency and the learning environment. A further development concerns the setup of strategies for historical preservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy production.

Keywords: Cognitive campus, User centered design, Zero energy building, Retrofit strategies, Digital networks.

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