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Scantamburlo

Maria

Scantamburlo

Ad-Hoc Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
I have always been fascinated by cities and considered them as complex ecosystems. For this reason, I studied Urban Planning and Policy Design at Politecnico di Milano and at the HafenCity University in Hamburg and I am keeping taking part in courses and workshops to deepen my knowledge in different fields. I’m drawn to work together with communities, local administrations and politicians, architecture and urban planning offices, companies that develop innovative products and models for the built environment, to contribute to city development. As I believe that cities start with people, I worked, firstly, as coordinator of public participation in urban planning and, later, in exchange and learning programs for city-practitioners to support the draft and the implementation of territorial development policies. I am now general manager in an urban development company group. I elaborate and follow up projects in Germany and other countries from the planning phase (analysis and assessments, design and financial architecture) to the implementation (real estate and community management). I am keen on leading by example integrating socially, environmentally and economically sustainable models and combining smartly topics and innovative elements in all concepts I develop.
B1. Assessment: 
1- Applicant has sufficient experience and understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development, both through her study in urban Planning and Policy Design as well as through her professional experience with URBACT and as genearl manager of an urban development company group.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
During my studies, I enjoyed the advantages of an international learning environment: students and professors from other countries brought new perspectives in joint research and design projects. I also studied abroad, to get familiar with other local contexts and urban planning cultures. In addition, I took part in workshops in several foreign countries to experience directly good practices and different methodologies. This educational path led me to work as student advisor for Erasmus program and to write my master thesis on EU programs that support cooperation for urban and territorial planning. It also made me willing to develop my professional career in international exchange and learning networks. After graduation, I worked for a consulting company specialized in INTERREG project management. Then I joined the URBACT Secretariat team and this gave me a privileged perspective on the collaborative work of 7000 cities that between 2007 and 2013 learn a participatory method and draft integrated sustainable urban development plans. In my current position, I team up with colleagues with different nationalities and backgrounds on the development of concepts for buildings, districts, cities and regions worldwide, sharing our expertise and learning from each other constantly. The company is also participating in several EU programs, enabling communities to develop thank EU funding.
B2. Assessment: 
1- Applicant has participated in multiple transnational activities involving exchange and learning processes.
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
The most of my university education has been in English. This has allowed me to deepen my knowledge in urban planning, to enlarge my technical vocabulary and to increase my overall communication skills in an academic environment. In addition, my main working language has often been English, in combination with Italian, German and French. Nowadays, my tasks are not just the development and delivery of urban planning concepts (graphics but especially texts), but also to perform meetings and moderate sessions in English. I am happy to benefit from the daily exchange and the teamwork with my Canadian colleagues and improve my writing and speaking skills further.
B3. Assessment: 
1- Applicant is fluent in English (in addition to other languages). This is confirmed on the CV.

Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
In my international academic and professional experience, I have often met people with scarce English knowledge, but using my language skills and with the help of other group members, it has been possible to overcome the difficulties in communication. In other cases, I have tried to simplify the complex concepts verbally and to provide written and graphic materials before, during and after the meetings or the events as support of the exchange and learning activities. In the case of the summer school in Rotterdam, in my introduction, while recalling the methodology and explaining the features of the scheme to be used as support of the exchange, I prepared cards with a few concrete examples and I positioned them temporarily in the different areas of the poster(s). These examples were elaborated ad-hoc focused on the topic the participants chosen for the action plan. In this case, I got positive feedback from the participants with communication problems, who mentioned in the wrap-up, that those examples were useful to better follow the discussion, to formulate their contribution and to clarify the contents of the parts of the action plan.
C3.1 Assessment: 
1- Applicant provides examples of how she communicated complex concepts to non-native english speakers.
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
During my period of study abroad I often presented to my international colleagues the Italian planning framework at local, regional and national level. For example, mixing text, graphs and maps, I summarized on presentations and posters the features and the content of the planning instruments of Milano, Torino and Bologna to feed into the discussion of on urban planning theories and practices in international contexts. In my current work, I am in charge of preparing briefing on the local situations of the German cities where our projects are located, for the international teams of colleagues. In same cases, they are environmental, social or economic reports, mapping of the existing status of buildings and areas, summarizing local planning framework and instruments or tender procedures, identifying and assessing stakeholders and their resources. In these cases, I elaborate or redraw maps or graphs summarizing and gathering different contents. These reports are functional to the joint work on concept development and project management of the international team.
C3.2 Assessment: 
1- Applicant provides examples of outputs produced to support learning exchange (such as briefing, reports, summaries).
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
At the end of the six months project of elaboration of a strategic mobility plan of the region Hamburg-Copenhagen, I wrote and graphically-elaborated a report on the result of the participatory activities, including suggestions and listing f best practices identified by the participants. This document was thought for the participants, to reward of their involvement and commitment to the process and, for the local authorities and administration to have a synthesis on the inputs of the community. (http://nextmobility.net/nextmobility-report-2013/) After the experience as facilitator at the URBACT Summer school, I put together and shared a presentation with key pictures of the different sessions to help the participants in capturing the highlights of the method and of the process and to gather memories around the experience motivating them in the daily work related to the program.
C3.3 Assessment: 
1- Applicant provides two examples of ways in which the captures learning from participatory activities (such as a summer school) and shared them with yhe participants (presentation, synthesis, etc.)
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
During my work for REM Consult, I supported the coordination of the elaboration of the policy recommendations at the end of the exchange and learning process of an INTERREG IVB project on age management in SMEs and in public institutions in Baltic sea area and of in INTERREG IVA on labor mobility and attractiveness of the labor market in Southern Baltic region area. Based on the oral and written inputs of the partners, I grouped the recommendations and I summarized them creating unique coherent documents. I sent them around to all partners gathering feedbacks and comments, and I included the remarks in the final version. As for capitalization intern at the URBACT Secretariat, I supported the coordination of four working groups and the elaboration of reports and movies based on URBACT networks experiences on sustainable regeneration, new trends in urban economies, job generation for youth and social innovation in European cities. The work of restructuring and editing all articles part of the report increasing connections amongst them and The videos (http://urbact.eu/capitalisation-and-dissemination)
C3.4 Assessment: 
1- Applicant provides sufficient examples of reports created as a result of exchange and learning processes that recommend good practices and policies. One of an INTERREG project and another as an intern on an URBACT project.
Assessment: 
Applicant is validated for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities, showing knowledge of tools, leadership experience and an ability to present knowledge in an engaging way. I am convinced that transnational exchange and learning activities are a great chance not just to support the elaboration of effective urban planning instruments and to improve knowledge and skills of all stakeholders involved but also to open up new development and cooperation opportunities. However, I have experienced research, design and project management tasks working in an international team and dealing with different territorial contexts. Therefore I know pretty well the difficulties that emerge due to different academic and professional backgrounds, planning frameworks and regulations, working cultures, communication styles. I am glad to enable and support local communities to work together with positive and open attitude, mutual critical and constructive feedback on each other performances, but also making good use of the resources available, to take on big challenges. I have experience in organizing and delivering different types of events and activities, applying different animation and facilitation techniques. I am used to structuring and coordinating teamwork, setting up procedures and drafting guidelines, at international level. In addition, I am familiar with the URBACT methodology and I share the principles of the program.

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Sustainable Urban Mobility
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
A relevant part of my academic curriculum focused on mobility infrastructure planning and management and on assessment of related policies at different levels. In my professional career, I have also had the chance to test and deepen my knowledge in the praxis. I am capable to gather and analyze data on mobility systems, flows, infrastructural investments, regulatory frameworks, but I am also able to interpret them for exchange and learning activities and for planning purposes. The teamwork with international colleagues and the inspiration from best practices in the development of the concepts contributed significantly to the quality and the integration of plans and projects. All concepts I develop as urban planner have a mobility and logistics part. However, I have also had the chance to work on plans and project focused on this topic. For example, I developed a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan of a mid-size city within Milano metropolitan region; I supported the elaboration of the mobility vision of Hamburg and Copenhagen greater region for 2050; I am currently working on the mobility concept of the district where I live in Hamburg. I’ve also elaborated design concepts for the redevelopment of urban spaces of mobility in Milano and Hamburg.
D1 Assessment: 
1- Applicant has sufficient knowledge on the selected theme as a result of years of relevant academic as well as professional experience.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
One of the first assessment reports I wrote in team with international urban planning students at Politecnico was on the assessment of soft and hard ameliorations of Milano central station in relation also to mobility services and barrier-free accessibility of the space. A set of indicators to evaluate the improvements was created, the actions benchmarked and the project compared to similar international ones. During the international course on finance for infrastructure at the MinesParisTech, I pitched the other participants on the controversial case of the high-speed train connection between Torino and Lyon. The paper and the presentation summarized my assessment on the diverse types of costs and risks for the planning and implementation phases. Also, in this case, the input was useful to discuss in the group comparing similar infrastructures of priority corridors of the TEN-T policy and to evaluate the impact of the investments on the overall implementation of the strategy. One of the last experiences is a 1 page-article that I prepared for the online-course on Eco-design of the University of British Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania around the street design of the HafenCity in Hamburg. This example was compared to the new redevelopment masterplans in Vancouver and Helsinki presented during the classes. In the online forum, it was commented and reposted several times from people all over the world.
D2 Assessment: 
1- Applicant gives multiple examples of thematically relevant reports and assessments used in learning processes.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
My bachelor thesis consisted of the analysis of elaboration of a sustainable urban mobility plan with specific actions plan for each district (street redesign, lower speed limits for cars, new bus or metro lines and stations, etc.). The analysis on the local situation and the additional qualitative and quantitative data gathered in addition were shared with the consulting company in charge of the official draft of the plan. A presentation on the strategy and the actions plans was given to the local council. During the summer schools of the HCU at the University of the Neighborhood, I worked together in a group with other students from Russia, Germany and Italy, on the redesign of a local train station and we delivered a book including a plan at different scales, renderings and sections, based on our experience as users and on best practices and planning traditions from the mentioned countries. The work was shared with representatives of the local administration and to the local agency in charge of the district redevelopment. For an urban design project, I worked in a team with international students on a concept of redevelopment of square in Milano. The proposal of redesign of the places of intermodal exchange of metro, tram and bike-sharing was presented to the local council in a public session and the local city department elaborated further the concept.
D3 Assessment: 
1- Applicant gives multiple examples of concise reports that incorporated elements from learning activities and were then shared with local councils and agencies.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
During my experience as coordinator of the project NextMobility, I drafted a report specifically addressed to the local public administration of the two cities Hamburg and Copenhagen, to summarize the online and offline public participation and to capitalize the inputs emerged in this process. Possible locations to implement the suggested best practices of mobility modes and systems and spaces identified as conflictual for different users flows were geolocalised. Based on this detailed map, linking it with existing plans, priority axis and zones were identified. The strategy, in both forms as report and map, was shared internally in the mobility departments as representative of the current trends and summarizing the expectations of the citizens, and used to improve the existing policies. In the last 10 months, I have been involved in the process of elaboration of a mobility concept with the local association of my district that supports the activities and the decision making of the local council. I have drafted a mobility plan gathering the ideas emerged from public participation workshops run by the city and further developed in the last two years in the monthly meeting of the association. The visual materials are used to explain the concept at local events and to enlarge consensus in the neighborhood on this citizen initiative. The concept is shared with the local city-owned redevelopment company and the local authorities and continuously updated.
D4 Assessment: 
1- Applicant provides examples of project outputs and her role in designing them.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
In all concepts I elaborate as urban planner, mobility is an important component. Physical transport infrastructures provide the framework, shape the design and the use of the space, guarantee accessibility. On the other side, they can separate parts of territories and generate conflicts amongst flows and users. Based on data analysis, direct observation, inputs from public participation and good examples from all over the world, I draft integrated and sustainable plans and develop design projects that contribute also to increase public transport services, to encourage slow modes, to secure appropriate mobility space and safety to all users, integrating the infrastructure in a vibrant urban environment. Amongst the project I have done with a specific focus on mobility, there is a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan of a mid-size city and a mobility strategy for 2050 for an enlarged metropolitan area. I am currently supporting the neighborhood association of my district in the elaboration of the local mobility plan. I’ve also worked on concepts for the redesign of mobility hubs and public squares with modal interchange in Milano and Hamburg. I have produced several reports comparing mobility systems of different cities and assessing mobility infrastructural projects and policies at different levels.
Assessment: 
Applicant is validated for the thematic field of sustainable urban mobility, showing understanding and abilities developed through her past experiences.
Theme / Policy: 
Environmental Issues
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
A relevant part of my academic and professional curriculum focused on landscape architecture, green infrastructure and planning and their integration in regional and city planning instruments and projects. Thank the teamwork with international colleagues and the inspiration from best practices, I have elaborated design concepts for several green public spaces (parks, gardens, squares) and green buildings and districts in Italy and Germany. I have also worked on strategic plans of bigger areas like a river basin or coastal waterfronts, integrating natural and built ecosystems. I am capable to gather and analyze data on environmental status (i.e. using GPS or collecting inputs from public participation), and to structure digital platform to organize and process them. When possible, I use GIS in the elaboration of my concepts, to simulate the impact of the actions on the environment, to make decisions , to adapt the plans or propose mitigations (for example, recycling building materials, optimising consumptions, etc). I also have a background in energetic policies and European and national regulatory frameworks. I am currently learning -following the work of my colleagues- how to develop energetic concepts for buildings and districts.
D1 Assessment: 
1- Applicant has sufficient years of educational and professional experience on environmental issues, including multiple projects and research in her examples.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Integrating the activities on planning and management of technical infrastructure at Politecnico with an exchange program at the university in Madrid and a workshop at the Hamburg Port Authority, I gained knowledge, combining GPS measurements and GIS system, on mapping and monitoring coastal ecologic landscape and waterfront areas in relation to environmental protection, infrastructure maintenance, mitigation of harbour externalities on natural and built environment. To capitalize on this experience, I wrote an essay comparing the technical databased and instruments used by city and port authorities of Valencia, Venice and Hamburg that I analyzed and presented during the semester at the different institutions. In another course on energetic infrastructure and policies, I wrote an article and performed a presentation comparing the regulatory frameworks, infrastructural development stages, stakeholders, public and private investments, market coverage of the wind energy sector on- and offshore in Germany, Netherlands, UK, Denmark. While working at REM consult, I used the analytical work to prepare an application form for INTERREG IVB call for proposal.
D2 Assessment: 
0- Applicant provides examples producing thematic inputs but not how there were used to feed in the learning process. The related examples were used in proposals and in an academic presentation.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
In cooperation and under the supervision of the Port Authority, together with Italian colleagues and exchange students from the University of Illinois, USA, I elaborated an interregional strategy for the redevelopment of Po river basin from the spring to the delta. The integrated plan included actions aimed at the redevelopment of the riverfront localizing different recreational functions and equipping public spaces, guaranteeing, at the same time, high environmental protection and restoration of the natural landscape, flora and fauna. A significant part of the strategy included an atlas of best practices from the USA and the development of 8 specific action plans based on these concepts. The proposals were summarized in a recommendation report and presented to the Port Authority. Another example is the concept of landscape design of green space around the main station in Potsdam, I developed together with other Italian and German students. It consisted of a combination of elements from English, French, Italian traditions with references to the local historic parks and gardens, creating an open-air museum of European landscape architecture. The team presented the plans in a volume zero design exhibition in Hamburg to discuss the trends of landscape planning and participated in the architecture competition run by the city of Potsdam.
D3 Assessment: 
1- Applicant provides examples of concise reports incorporating good practices.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
During my studies, I had the chance to get training on GIS system and to structure, as practical exercise, the architecture of a database to perform Strategic Environmental Assessment of local planning instruments. Thank this research work, I could do an internship at the city planning department of Parabiago, in Milano metropolitan region. I supported the local administration in the digitalization of the planning instruments and related legal acts but also in the elaboration of the new strategic city plan and district action plans, integrating SEA procedures already in the planning phase. At the same time, I participate in the coordination of the Eco-museum activities and the co-design process of Parco dei Mulini, initiatives of Agenda21. I organized together with the team of the city department, interactive exhibitions, city guided tours and workshops with children and citizens associations. Thank these activities the municipality could identify material and immaterial elements of the urban, rural and natural landscape which were included in the local heritage database available online and beneficed of ad-hoc preservation policies and subsidies. Results of the capitalization on the participation process are the identification of strategic green and cultural axes in the new city plan and the allocation of budget for the Eco-museum additional activities and the implementation of the park’s plan.
D4 Assessment: 
1- Applicant provides examples of project outputs produced for capitalization purposes. The dissemination strategies included interactive exhibitions, tours and workshops, which resulted in feedback that was additionally included in an online database.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
The environment is the habitat of our society and the basic asset of our development. Where there is pressure for space, resources and growth, it is endangered, although it should be protected. While developing concepts, I try to simulate the impact on the environment (also using digital instruments), to make decisions amongst actions and to adapt the design. In addition, I always look for best practices from different countries to learn and test more environmentally sustainable products, solutions and models. Together with citizens, decision-makers and practitioners of urban and territorial authorities, I have elaborated several concepts for the redesign of green public spaces, buildings and districts in Italy and Germany. I have worked on strategic redevelopment plans for supra-municipality areas, such as a river basin, a regional park and different urban coastal waterfronts. I have also supported local administrations in the process of the integration of environmental and energetic concepts and assessments in regulatory frameworks, plans and projects.
Assessment: 
Applicant is validated for the thematic field of environmental issues. While this has not been her main focus academically or professionally her activities have always incorporated elements of sustainability or "green" urban development, allowing her to have sufficient knowledge and experience on the topic.

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Residence location:
Germany
Languages:
Italian - Mother tongue
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Email:
mscantamburlo@teamwalas.com

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