The article introduces the Futur-e project promoted by enel in 2015 and illustrates the role of the research group from Politecnico di Milano (Dipartimento di Architettura e Studi Urbani e Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale) in accompanying the various phases of Futur-e’s development. The choice of the large energy producing and supplying company to activate a redevelopment process for the sites of 23 Italian power stations stimulates new questions in the urban studies debate. The power stations tend to differ from other abandoned industrial areas in terms of location, dimension, supporting infrastructures, as well as symbolic aspects. Moreover, from the point of view of the management studies, the Futur-e project gives the opportunity to reflect on new strategies of Corporate Social Responsibility, in particular for those companies whose assets are located in marginal or low-end sites.
Keywords: Underused thermoelectric power stations; role of the university; Corporate Social Responsibility