Analysis and documentation of urban transformations.

Current activities at the Foundation come together under the project ‘Mapping the Present’, a research and documentation centre regarding changes in the contemporary world which favours the use of cartography and multimedia technologies.

This project began in 2006 and forms part of the Cartographic Office in the Department of History, Culture, and Civilization at the University of Bologna in collaboration with newspapers, journals, publishing houses, research centres, and other foundations. At the same time, it provides innovative training activities through the organization of laboratories and educational courses.

In this respect, the Foundation aims to develop two main project threads. The first is Data-Lab, whose purpose is to document urban changes through visual representation that can select and synthesize the growing flow of data and information available following the digital revolution. This project focuses on the production of digital, interactive informative maps in the form of archives and digital atlases and the synthetic processing of big and open data (urban atlas).

The second entails training and applied research activities that the Foundation, always in close collaboration with the University of Bologna, offers in relation to the challenges of the continuous transformation that the city is faced with. The focus is the use of digital tools and data and their visualization, also through innovation labs capable of developing and collecting proposals for new ideas and products.