Planet Smart City, a global leader in smart affordable housing, has formed an international partnership with the Polytechnic University of Turin (PoliTo). The agreement is the most comprehensive of its kind for Planet which is developing a global network of partners to support innovative solutions for affordable urban living.
Under the agreement, the partners will collaborate on joint research and technology transfer to help develop new ideas in architecture, engineering and industrial design. It encompasses all the university’s departments and will involve international activities such as events and forums to promote scientific and technological solutions to the challenges facing cities globally.
The partnership with PoliTo is part of a broader network of collaborations initiated by Planet Smart City with various universities and research studies both national and European, including the Bocconi University of Milan and the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia of Barcelona.
Gianni Savio, Founder and CEO of Planet Smart City, said: “With 1.6 billion people currently living in unsafe and overcrowded housing, there is a need for new ideas in the way we build, maintain and live in our cities. Finding innovative solutions is at the core of our drive to provide high quality affordable neighbourhoods around the world. Intelligent answers can only be reached through collaboration between researchers and professionals, which is why this partnership with the Polytechnic University of Turin is of such strategic value.”
Guido Saracco, Rector of the Polytechnic University of Turin, added: “Our goal is to establish and support networks in the public and private sectors that contribute to the growth and spread of knowledge on issues facing people in cities around the world. Planet Smart City, which has integrated a culture of innovation throughout its business model and established its competence centre in Turin, is an ideal partner for this ambitious project.”
In addition to international projects, Planet will be able to contribute to educational development at the university by offering internships and training for students and researchers. Planet is already one of the supporters of the university’s TECHs 4 Change master’s programme, which trains students on methods and technologies for addressing the issues highlighted by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
“Planet will pursue similar partnerships with institutions in countries where it operates, including the UK, Brazil and, pending our entry into the market, India. Our goal is to establish a global network of partners working to improve the quality and affordability of life in cities around the world through new technologies and approaches to urban design and construction,” said Graziella Roccella, Chief Research and Urban Planning at Planet Smart City.