It’s about a year now that we are  working on a new recipe for  ZUP. And here we finally are to present us the results!

ZUP, short for Zuppa Urban Project, is founded with the intention to evoke urban regeneration. However, we understood from the beginning that we are working on the participants’ capacity to imagine and that many workshop lead to the start of a process of change. This is also one of the main reasons why our new pay-off is ZUP – The Recipe for Change, for participation and strategic innovation.

Regardless the changes, we continue to make soups (or ‘zuppe’ in Italian, that is where our name originates), encourage to write recipes in order to make people collaborate and animate short and long workshops.

During the last years with our ZUPlabs’ we have gained experience in different contexts, responding to different clients with different needs. ZUP’s recipes are not only written in urban contexts, but also in more widespread areas or in private contexts, as we did for example in the HUB Milano. It has given us the opportunity to understand how useful and rich the results are when involving people in the ZUPlabs’.

We also confirmed that ZUP has the right instruments and a functioning methodological canvas. Count on top of that over 10 years expertise – in both communal as well as organization ambiences – with the construction (or enabling of construction) of strategic and participative scenarios. Do we need say more?

We have always said ‘a ZUP in the centre’ and we will continue to do this, because using food as an instrument remains valid, helps to aggregate people and helps to remove barriers when it comes to starting a process of change. Even better: food enables us to help you to imagine this change and realize the scenario that you wrote with our support. From the moment we started until today, the metaphor of ZUP is more than useful  in cases when it is needed to make ‘an harmonic dish that brings together different elements and turns it in a tasteful dish that will happily be eaten by all those who are involved’.

After all the talking (to explain what ZUP is, it turns out to be useful to explain our history) it is now time to present our new logo. It plays with an enormous U that resembles a big pot, the pot we use to make ZUP’s and thus is used to cook the recipes for change full of new and different ideas, created by persons, by territories and by organizations that work with us.

ZUP The Recipe for Change offre un servizio di innovazione strategica e partecipazione

ZUP The Recipe for Change offre un servizio di innovazione strategica e partecipazione

The logo distinct itself from the old one on different levels: it has a lettering more ‘clean’, essential, almost minimalistic. And moreover, we introduced new colours (the red in this logo is not the only one…): the red for ignition, of the spark, the energy and also – if you like – the Gazpacho of the Towers, one of the recipes that was made during one of the first workshops we did in a Milanese neighbourhood. As soon as we present the other ‘members of the logo family’ you will understand the reason for the layers, the crowds, the points that help to connect and to re-observe: all the important elements of the processes that a ZUPlab activates and that ZUPcultivation accompanies and brings forward.

Beside the presentation of our ‘general’ logo, we also want to give you a small preview of the articulation of the different services of ZUP:


Step by step we will modify the whole communication model: we will launch a new website, (so far under construction on, a new brochure, and a new coordinated look. On the web you will definitely bump into the old logo and the old name. For ZUP this is not a problem, as it is part of our history that brought us to what we are now.

To stay updated on the changes we are going through, follow us on facebook and via twitter on #zup #inprogress.


ZUPs’ souvenirs

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From May to October 2015 Milan will host the 34st Universal Exhibition. Less than a year before the event, many entrepreneurs in the Milan region or even in the whole of North Italy start to realize that this event might be an important opportunity to take a step forward after difficult years, amongst others caused by the economic. Even though the event seems to be far away, this is the right moment to take action and get ready for the tourists it will attract.

ZUPsouvenir helps people to revalue their neighbourhood or territori and gets them ready for tourism

After having worked for years in the business, ZUP started a few years ago as Zuppa Urban Projects. One of the first events we organised were ZUPlabs in which the participants (re)discovered their neighbourhoods with the idea to revalue them and contribute to an upgrade. To explain the other participants how a specific person interpreted the area of discussion, the partakers were asked to write a recipe for a soup (zuppa in Italian) that for them represented their neighbourhood.

These workshops and the recipes resulted in what we called ZUPsouvenir: a tour through the neighbourhood in which stories from local entrepreneurs and inhabitants were explained and eaten (as we also served some of the soups). An alternative way of tourism was invented.

Thanks to the internet new forms of tourism have developed themselves at high speed. Think of AirBnB in which you will be hosted in a private persons ‘ spare room or Spotted by Locals, a platform where local inhabitants give up-to-date insiders tips on activities in their city. You can imagine that there is enough on offer for different kinds of tourism.

While traveling through the country and working on different locations – from big cities as Firenze or Bologna to picturesque valleys in the north of the country – ZUP The recipe for Change has discovered that not everyone is ready to receive the ‘new’ tourists. That’s a pity as you might imagine that an event like Expo Milan 2015 (get a speed course Expo in this document) will bring millions of people. Assuming that many visitors will come from far away and combine a visit to the event with a trip through Italy and even Europe.

To enable entrepreneurs, local governments, trip agents and other merchants involved to profit from these possible increase of tourism, ZUP propose a new kind of ZUP souvenir (name under construction). In this chapter of our menu you will find, amongst others, the possibility to participate to a series of 2 to 6 workshops (the length depends on the situation) that will help the groups named before to see the weaknesses and the strengths of their destination and develop, with the support of the ZUP method, a strategy to get ready for the nearby future.

Again ZUP will demonstrate that with a relatively small investment, both in time and money, we can help people to start a change and bring them to the next level in a positively way.

Are you interested in ZUPsouvenir or one of the other ZUPlabs, please feel free to contact us on