SOI-122 Challenge 2: From Peaks to Pavement

Application deadline: September 21, 2023
Application deadline: September 21, 2023 (you will be redirected to the ECIU website)


Challenge provider Municipality of Trento
Instructor Sara Giuffrè, Stefano Turrini
Period November 6-December 5
Application deadline September 21, 2023
Challenge From peaks to pavement

Challenge Description

Minimizing dependence on the private car for personal mobility is a particularly significant challenge for mountainous and hilly regions. In some settlements, characterized by steep orographic variations, cycling and walking cannot be the only sustainable solutions to connect the valley floor to the hills.

The challenge is to find innovative, creative and at the same time feasible solutions to realize sustainable mobility connections and enhance the biodiversity of the urban ecosystem.

In the city of Trento, an area in which the natural and anthropic environment contrast and merge, a new and exciting phase of change is opening up in the area of mobility. Within this framework, it is necessary to support people in overcoming geographical, orographic differences, addressing environmental, social and economic objectives.

Learning Outcomes

Today’s and tomorrow’s planners have a responsibility to respond to people’s primary need for mobility by taking multiple factors into account. First and foremost, the environmental factor, not only intended as sustainability of traveling in terms of infrastructure, means of transport, CO2 produced, etc., but also as protection and enhancement of biodiversity, in terms of green corridors, reduced land consumption, integration of biophilic systems, etc.

The proposed challenge will take place in the city of Trento and calls for the identification of links and connections between the valley floor and the hilly areas to enable the mobility of people, in a historical era in which resources, including economic ones, are limited. It calls for a multidisciplinary approach to planning that also takes into account the socio-economic context.

Participants will receive information on current and planned infrastructural interventions in the city, as well as a demographic, social and economic overview. They will also be able to discover some of the locations of the city’s future transformations.


The challenge is composed of one week in-presence in Trento and three weeks of activities organized online. Attendance of all activities is compulsory to get the final credits.

Mon06-Nov16.30Welcome to Trento-SOISOI staff, ECIU students from partner universitiesIn presence @SOI
17-19Challenge kick-offInstructors, all students, challenge providerIn presence @SOI
Tue07-Nov19-21LectureInstructors, all studentsIn presence @SOI
Wed08-Nov17-19Challenge orientationSOI staff, instructors, studentsIn presence @SOI
Thu09-Nov17-19LectureInstructor, all studentsIn presence @SOI
Fri10-NovDayField Trip-Explore TrentoInstructors, all students, challenge providerIn presence @SOI
Mon13-Nov19-21Mandatory MentorshipInstructors, all studentsOnline
Fri17-NovTBDFields of Play Online DiscussionInstructors, all studentsOnline
Wed22-Nov17-19Fields of PlayInstructors, all students, challenge providerOnline
Tue05-Dec17-19Grand FinaleInstructors, all students, challenge providerIn presence @SOI (UniTrento students)
Online (ECIU students)

Slight changes may apply.

Where we are

Application deadline: September 21, 2023