I-media cities

A platform where to watch and to interact with unique historical films and images of cities from the collections of renowned European film archives



Urban Lab is research partner of the I-Media-Cities project, the initiative of 9 European Film Libraries, 5 research institutions, 2 technological providers and a specialist of digital business models to share access to and valorize audiovisual (AV) content from their collections for research purposes in a wide range of social sciences (sociology, anthropology, urban planning, etc). 

The project, financed by the Horizon 2020 program, revolves around cities in European history and identity. A huge quantity of fictional and non-fictional AV works (from the end of the 19th century onwards) in their collections describe cities in all aspects, including physical transformation and social dynamics. The project aims at delivering a digital content access platform (interoperable and multilingual), made available to a growing community of researchers and creatives Europe-wide to push the boundaries of what can be learnt, through AV material on cities, on European history and identity.
Urban Lab coordinates the dissemination events in Torino, among which the showcase Proiezioni di Città in cooperation with the Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino.


total budget of the project

3.349.787,50 €

financing program

Horizon 2020

lead partner

Cinémathèque Royale du Belgique (Belgium)


Urban Lab Torino (Italy), Cineca Consorzio Interuniversitario (Italy), Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.V. (Germany), Iminds (Belgium), Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum (Belgium), Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna (Italy), Istituto Per I Beni Artistici Culturali E Naturali Della Regione Emilia Romagna (Italy), Museo Nazionale Del Cinema - Fondazione Maria Adriana Prolo - Archivi Di Cinema, Fotografia Ed Immagine (Italy), Osterreichisches Filmmuseum Verein (Austria), Universitat De Barcelona (Spain), Institut Catala De Les Empreses Culturals (Spain), Stiftelsen Svenska Filminstitutet (Sweden), Stockholms Universitet (Sweden), Archeia Tainion Tis Ellados Tainiothiki Tis Ellados (Greece), Ethniko Kai Kapodistriako Panepistimio Athinon (Greece), Det Danske Filminstitut (Denmark), Dff - Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum (Germany), Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft Osterreichische Vereinigung Zur Forderung Der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung (Austria)

project duration

36 months (April 2016 - March 2019)


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