It is a fact that cities nowadays are facing a series of new challenges, along with new opportunities, which derive from a constantly changing environment. Cities, need to clearly understand that environment in order to deal with these challenges and opportunities, and take advantage in the best and most effective way, contributing thus to their upgrade and quality of life.
The environment should no longer be considered as a residential area, but as an essential factor for social and economic development of urban spaces and upgrading for the quality of life. The search for sustainable development; the balancing of social, economic and environmental objectives, lays on the specificities of each city and so it may vary from place to place.
IED, proposes the development of a network of Smart Cultural labs that could include an integrated urban design proposal on issues of upgrading, rehabilitation and sustainable development of urban spaces. Particular emphasis is given to the possibilities of preserving, through a context of sustainable development of the traditional character and the characteristics - social, historical, ecological and morphological characteristics.