The 12th International Conference on Innovation in Urban and Regional Planning (INPUT2023) is organized by DICEAA – Department of Civil, Construction-Architectural and Environmental Engineering of the University of L’Aquila. It will take place in L’Aquila (Italy) 6-8 September 2023.

For this edition, the conference title will be: “Working for sustainable soil management and the role of land planning”. The Conference will focus on the role of planning at different scale (from strategies to projects) for sustainable soil management and sustainable urban development.

New international challenges related to the sustainability of land transformations require the measurement of land transformations through specific indicators. Spatial planning and land management systems play a crucial role in addressing issues of policy reform and investment, ecological transition and sustainability in its three dimensions: environmental, economic and social. Integrating sustainability into our policies, strategies and practices is fundamental to making a relevant (positive) impact with respect to current issues related to: climate change, ecosystem services’ provision and the energy supply.

INPUT2023 will be an opportunity to discuss these important issues and try to find innovative and advanced methodologies to provide decision support systems through land science and indicator engineering.

During the Conference, considerable space will be dedicated to the presentation of new technologies through the organization of specific and operative workshops.

The proceedings will be published as a special volume series of the Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering (LNCE) published by Springer.

Best Paper Awards

The INPUT 2023 Organizing Commitee is pleased to announce three best paper awards:
👉𝐺𝑖𝑜𝑣𝑎𝑛𝑛𝑖 𝐶𝑖𝑎𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝐵𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑃𝑎𝑝𝑒𝑟 𝐴𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑑 focusing on inner areas, protected areas and sustainable development
👉𝐺𝑖𝑜𝑟𝑔𝑖𝑜 𝑃𝑖𝑝𝑝𝑜𝑛𝑧𝑖 𝐵𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑃𝑎𝑝𝑒𝑟 𝐴𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑑 focusing on advanced GIS techniques
👉𝐿𝐴𝑁𝐷 𝐵𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑃𝑎𝑝𝑒𝑟 𝐴𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑑 focusing on urbanization phenomena, densification and land consumption

The first two awards are in memory of:

Giovanni Cialone: architect, passed away in 2020. He has been a CNR researcher (National Research Council), and served in the 1990s as an environmental councilor for the municipality of l’Aquila. He was highly committed to issues related to environmental protection and education, sustainbility and cultural enhancement of inner areas. He held the position of vice president of the Gran Sasso – Monti della Laga National Park, and was a member of the “Italia Nostra” association, and a delegate of Slow Food.
He enriched the debate about knoledge and defense of the territory defense, with a strong presence in the media and interventions in the politcal sphere, consistently displaying a well-regarded balance in his positions and numerous contributions of critique.

Best Paper Cialone: “The shapes of the adaptive ground design: formulation of a new taxonomy between spatial quality and ecological performance” authored by: Simone Porfiri, University of Camerino (Italy)

Giorgio Pipponzi:  After his studies in geology and a PhD in geodynamics, he carried out highly professional positions in the Abruzzo Region, with the Basin Authority and the Civil Protection Service. He collaborated in the drafting of the Guidelines for the Seismic Microzoning Plans, in the development and management of computer databases as well as in the Level 3 Microzoning Pilot Project in the municipality of Sulmona. Since 2013 in the USRC he has carried out his activity as Technical Geologist Directive Instructor, dealing with the geological problems inherent in the Reconstruction Plans and Private Reconstruction projects as well as being responsible for the GIS systems of the USRC.
In 2019 he was appointed Head of the Procedure for the technical-economic investigation of the private reconstruction projects after the 2009 earthquake.

Best Paper Pipponzi: “The applicability of the urban digital twin in the detailed choices of the urban plan” authored by: Federica Cicalese, University of Salerno (Italy)

Land: Intends to enhance the merit of young researchers who will present scientifically relevant papers on topics related to urbanization phenomena, densifications and contrasting land consumption. Work should focus on the role of urban and regional planning in urban growth management with the goal to meet specific needs while increasing the resilience of urban settlements. This award refers to the special issue “Towards Sustainable Urban Development: New Approaches and Tools for Regeneration Strategies

Best Paper Land: 

  1. Space Syntax vs Agent-Based Modelling in the maze of urban complexity: a critical comparison between top-down and bottom-up approaches and applications” authored by: Federico Mara, University of Pisa (Italy)
  2. Urban energy resilience and strategic urban planning in Emilia-Romagna: evidence from three cities” authored by: Giovanni Tedeschi, University of Parma (Italy)
  3. Digital Twin for urban development” authored by: Angela Martone and Monica Buonocore, University of Sannio (Italy)

Exhibition of ongoing projects and research at DICEAA

The INPUT 2023 conference hosts an exhibition covering the work of the Department of Excellence 2023-2027 – DICEAA (Department of Civil, Construction-Architectural and Environmental Engineering)

Palazzo Camponeschi, Piazza Santa Margherita, 2 (L’Aquila)



The Conference is sponsored by Regione Abruzzo, Provincia dell’Aquila and Comune dell’Aquila;
ANCE and ANCE Giovani (Associazione Nazionale Costruttori Edili), Ordine degli Ingegneri della provincia dell’Aquila and Ordine degli Architetti della provincia dell’Aquila;
ISPRA (Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale) and UNI (Ente Italiano di Normazione)




Under the sponsorship of
Springer publishing group and LAND (open access journal by MDPI)

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