Pietro Elisei will be the Lead Expert of the TUTUR project due to his experience in Urban Regeneration from an academic and practical point of view in various cities in Europe. He will be responsible for coordinating D01 – Baseline Situation together with the partner cities, support them during the Local Action Plan development and join the Project Meetings. Pietro Elisei, Town and Regional Planner. Vice President of ISOCARP (International Society for City and Regional Planners). Research fellow at Dipartimento di Scienze, Tecnologie e Formazione, Faculty of Economy (University of Tor Vergata – Roma2). He is managing director of URBASOFIA (Rome-Bucharest), a company providing services and consultancy in strategic planning, urban renewal/regeneration and regional development.
He is currently involved in URBACT projects/initiatives (URBACT validated expert 2007-2013) both as knowledge ambassador ( Re-Block Project) and national trainer (Romania). Content manager of a major SEE (South East Europe) project (STATUS: Strategic Territorial Agendas for “Small and Middle-Sized Towns” Urban Systems). Researcher and consultant in various EU financed projects on SMART CITIES platforms (I-scope, Sunshine, plan4business). From 2001 to 2010 he was Secretary General of (Rome, Bologna, Milan), the European Journal of Planning Online. Researcher for DipSU (Department of Urban Studies, Faculty of Architecture, Uniroma3) from 2002 to 2008, he has mainly been researching on Design of Urban Policies (focusing on EU promoted Urban Initiatives) and Tools for Territorial/Regional Competitiveness. In 2007, he moved to Romania working as International Expert in Integrated Planning/Urban Regeneration for contracts promoted by the EU Commission and The Romanian Ministry for Housing and Regional Development. He worked for/researched in diverse cities, among which: Rome, Berlin, Bucharest, Barcelona, Sitges, Copenhagen, Pitesti, Baia Mare, Satu Mare, Alba Iulia, Bologna, Perm… Before moving to Romania, he was mainly living, studying and working “in between” Italy, Germany and Austria.

Roland Krebs is the thematic expert that will contribute on how to effectively move from the Local Action Plan (WP2) to the Testing Phase development (WP3) in the various partner cities. Roland Krebs is an Austrian Urban Planner with vast experience in strategy planning, project development, project management and urban economics. Since his studies at the Vienna University of Technology Roland is working as both, an urban planner and as project manager in the field of urban development and management projects in Europe (mainly Bulgaria, Romania, Kosovo, Bosnia, Serbia, Poland, and Austria) and Latin America and Caribbean (Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Jamaica). In 2009 Roland Krebs founded urban issues ZT – strategies, development & planning, a Vienna based consortium of architecture and a design studio for urbanism, urban design as well as urban and rural development. He develops master plans and design studies, urban development strategies, technical and financial feasibility studies for communities, NGOs and the private sector. Also Roland is curating urban design symposiums and architectural exhibitions. As a proposal writer and strategy-designer Roland has gained experience with international donor organizations like the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), EuropeAID, Liechtenstein Development Service (LED), the World Bank (WB), the European Union and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Since 2011 Roland Krebs is URBACT thematic expert and Board Member of wonderland – platform for European architecture.

Sabina Dimitriu (*1989) is a graduate urban planner from the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Planning in Bucharest, Romania. She holds a Master’s degree in Regional Planning and Development and since 2013 she has been working with Dr. Pietro Elisei in designing and implementing European projects with a strong planning component. Particularly interested in development strategies at city and metropolitan area levels as well as integrated sustainable agendas for cities, she’s currently involved in several EU projects within the South East Europe and CIP ICT PSP Programmes, as well as local development initiatives and strategies within Romania.


Giovanni Caudo is the Planning Commissioner of the City of Rome, Associated Professor in Urban planning at Roma Tre University and PhD in Pianificazione urbana e territoriale. His main research activities concern cities and affordable housing and research on urban contexts in the process of transformation, especially in districts affected by public building and that are involved in processes of demolition and increasing density. He carry out a research on the affordable housing in UK as Affiliate academic at the Bartlett school of University College of London. He also interesting in aspects of the process of selecting a plan for implementation and of designing cities and the urban environment. In particular he has carried out research activities into planning practices in various Italian urban contexts (plans for cities in South Italy and strategic planning) through direct observation of planning practices and documents. In the 2008, he has worked to set up the Italian Pavillion of the X Venice Biennale of Architecture on the topics “housing Italy”. His activities as a professional architect (project work on executive town plans) and his participation in competitions (among these: Social Housing in Milan “Borgo di Figino”; Shrinking Cities Berlin) have covered topics of urban planning that are linked to his research interests, and have been useful in verifying empirically or putting into practice the experience developed in the course of his academic research.

Alessandro Coppola after graduating in History in 2005, obtained his Phd at the Urban Studies Department of Università di Roma III in 2009. Since then, he has had several research and teaching appointments at institutions in Italy and in the United States – Politecnico di Milano, Università Cà Foscari di Venezia, Johns Hopkins University, City University of New York, Cleveland State University – all focusing on issues related to urban development. He also promoted and implemented research projects funded by other institutions such as the French Ministry of Urbanism, CGIL (the largest Italian Union Confederation) and several private research institutions. He has a record of national and international publications on the topics of urban policy and politics, urban regeneration and urban ethnography and two books, the last one-addressing issues related to regeneration strategies in declining US cities. In September 2013 he joined the Department of Planning at the City of Rome where he works closely with the Planning Commissioner in the definition and implementation of various urban development programs.

Daniela Patti is an Italian and British architect and planner. She has studied in Rome, London, Porto and currently is a PhD candidate in TU Vienna and TU Delft. She has been working as a researcher in Austria at the Central European Institute of Technology since 2010 ( where she was responsible for project development and management of European research projects within the Smart Cities strand, such as Iscope (, Argus (, and urban regeneration such as in Saturn. Additionally she has been guest lecturer in the University of Roma Tre, Tor Vergata and Universad de Buenos Aires and since 2012 is Board Member of the wonderland Platform for European Architecture ( where she organises workshops for the development of temporary use urban strategies in various cities in Europe such as Vienna, Mannheim, Amsterdam and Budapest.

Levente Polyák is a Hungarian urban planner and researcher. He studied architecture, urbanism, sociology and art theory in Budapest and Paris, and he was lecturer at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, the Budapest University of Technology and the Technische Universität Wien, where he taught urban studies and architectural theory. Levente has worked on urban projects for the New York, Paris, Vienna, Budapest and Pécs municipalities, and as member of the KÉK – Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre, he has organized conferences, festivals and exhibitions dealing with various contemporary urban and architectural phenomena. He was visiting fellow at Columbia University in New York City and at OrangeLabs and the École d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais in Paris. Currently, he has been working on Lakatlan, a research program examining policies and methods of temporary use and revitalization of abandoned urban properties. He is a doctoral candidate at the Central European University.


Oliver Hasemann (*1975) lives in Bremen. He is a graduate engineer in the field of spatial planning and a part-time author. In 2006, he and Daniel Schnier founded the AAA – Autonomes Architektur Atelier, which initiates and supervises urban walks, temporary projects and urban interventions in Bremen. He has been contributing to the implementation of the ZZZ – ZwischenZeitZentrale Bremen since 2009. In his leisure time he likes to drift through the urban landscape. He is also co-editor and co-author of the book second hand spaces – recycling sites undergoing urban transformation in 2012.

Sarah Oßwald (*1978) has a degree in Geography. She studied in Frankfurt am Main and Berlin, and since 2005 she has been pursuing the issue of temporary use in theory and practice. She is the initiator and co-operator of the Tentstation campsite in Berlin. She has contributed to the ZZZ – ZwischenZeitZentrale Bremen since 2009. She is also co-editor and co-author of the book second hand spaces – recycling sites undergoing urban transformation in 2012.

Daniel Schnier (*1977) lives in Bremen. He is a graduate engineer in the field of Architecture. He studied at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen and wrote his thesis on Revitalization of the Old Stadtwerder Water Works Site while working as a site management assistant during the conversion and alternative use of the Speicher XI. He went on to do postgraduate work in the Fine Arts and the Cultural Studies at the University of Bremen. In July 2006 he initiated the AAA – Autonomes Architektur Atelier and has been a joint partner ever since. He has been contributing to the implementation of ABFERTIGUNG project within the scope of the ZZZ – ZwischenZeitZentrale Bremen since 2009. He is also co-editor and co-author of the book second hand spaces – recycling sites undergoing urban transformation in 2012.

Jesús Zepeda Juárez (*1979) studied industrial engineering at the University of Puebla, Mexico. He accumulated experience in the field of technical development and quality management working for two companies in the automotive industry in Mexico. Furthermore, he got experience in the field of costs controlling working for a company in the textile market in Germany. Afterwards he was working for a consultancy where he was involved in the administrative and operational management of European research and co-operation projects. In 2010 he joined the WFB Bremen Economic Development Agency as innovation manager. He is currently working in EU-Funded projects in the areas of: supporting SMEs for getting international, e-mobility and smart cities, creative industries, clean shipping as well as regional development.