Rome Sapienza


“Enhancement and management of minor historic centers and related landscape-environmental areas "

FoCuS is an Interdepartmental Research Center ( of Rome Sapienza University. Its main aims consist in developing local economic resources and promoting the regeneration of small centers. Our approach is oriented to investigate the landscape-environmental systems integrating different disciplinary sectors in different territorial scales. Our goals intend to promote the enhancement of local resources and the development of tangible and intangible networks.

The FoCuS Center was founded in February 2007 and its members belong to:
_ DPDTA, Department of Planning, Design and Architecture Technology;
_ DIGS, Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering;
_ DEC, Department of Economics and Law;
_ DICEA, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
Since October 2015 Fo.Cu.S is directed by Prof. Arch. Claudia Mattogno, who took over from Prof. Manuela Ricci. The activities of the center foresee and encourage collaboration between professors, researchers and PhD students of Rome Sapienza University 

The activity of the FoCuS Center is part of a growing complexity of the economic and social contexts of reference. Its research activities have therefore also extended to metropolitan and international contexts, with socio-political, theoretical and technical approaches that affect settlement and housing conditions up to landscape and environmental ones.
The Fo.Cu.S Center has been participating for years in research activities at national and international level, including:
_2019-21: SOS Climate Waterfront, Sustainable Open Solutions for European urban waterfronts as part of the Horizon 2020 MSCA-RISE 2018 Program together with international partners including Local Authorities, Universities and Research Institutes, Companies, Associations, Non-academic and dissemination organizations from Portugal, Poland, Greece, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands.

_2015-19: MAPS-LED Project Multidisciplinary Approach to Plan Smart Specialization Strategies for Local Economic Development as part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie RISE project funded by the European Union Research and Innovation program HORIZON 2020, on S3-Smart themes Specialization Strategy, place-based regeneration policies and sustainable local development, public-private partnership. Coordination of the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria. Partners: FoCuS Sapienza University of Rome, Northeastern University, (Boston), San Diego State University, Aalto University (Helsinki), Salford University (Manchester).

_2011-14: CLUDs Research Project (Commercial Local Urban District) funded by the 7th European Research Framework Program under the Marie Curie Actions IRSES 2010 on the themes of urban regeneration, local economic development, public-private partnership, city-countryside networks and the involvement of local communities. Coordination of the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria. Partners: FoCuS Rome Sapienza University, Northeastern University, (Boston), San Diego State University, Aalto University (Helsinki), Salford University (Manchester).

_2000_2010: Numerous research projects to support territories on behalf of local territorial bodies, including the identification of possible management models for local development programs aimed at enhancing and managing minor historic centers and landscape-environmental systems (Sardinia Region); The enhancement and management of minor historical centers and landscape-environmental systems (Province of Rome); The redevelopment of minor seismic risk centers (Umbria Region).


Claudia Mattogno
Architetta PhD, professore di Urbanistica
Direttora centro interdipartimentale Fo.Cu.S
Presidente Associazione TerreMutate, L'Aquila

Sapienza Università di Roma
DICEA, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Edile e Ambientale
via Eudossiana, 18
00184 Roma

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