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Comparative Urban Commoning

U!REKA Lab In 2016 five European universities of applied sciences, located in Frankfurt, Ghent, Edinburgh, Oslo and Amsterdam, set up the U!REKA consortium. In 2020 partners from Lisbon and Ostrava joined Universities involved in the U!REKA Lab: Urban Commons are...

European Heritage Days 2020

Guided tours in the Agro Romano towards the origins of Roman villae, Torre Spaccata's 'Pratone' and San Giovanni's Tower for the participants of the European Heritage Days initiative. Within the framework of the European Heritage Days 2020 and the activities of the...

What can toilets teach us about accessibility?

You may have seen the famous see-through public toilets in Japan. The stalls made of transparent coloured glass show the inside of a bathroom and turn opaque when locked. Challenging the privacy of what a toilet represents, these toilets aim to be inviting by showing...

“The City Science Initiative, strengthening the role of science in urban settings in the context of the EU Green Deal “

This year, the European Week of Regions and Cities is spreading over three consecutive weeks, each dedicated to one timely topic: Empowering Citizens, Cohesion & Cooperation, Green Europe. The week from October 12th until 16th will deal with the topic of "Cohesion and...

Emerging urban food governance: the case of London

Food policy has not usually represented a mainstream domain for urban planning. However, as Professor Kevin Morgan argued now ten years ago, this “puzzling omission” is not justifiable anymore given the multifunctional character of the food system with his effects on...

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The Co-Cities Open Book

The Co-Cities Open Book is the result of years of research and experimentations on the field to investigate new forms of collaborative city-making that are pushing urban areas towards new frontiers of participatory urban governance, inclusive economic growth and...

The Co-City Cycle

The observation and analysis of more than 400 policies and projects enabling co-creation, co- production, and co-governance of urban assets and services in more than 130 cities (www.commoning.city) led us to identify five design principles and a legal and financial...

The Right to the Co-City

Christian Iaione, LabGov Faculty Director, published a new study "The Right To the Co-city" on the Italian Journal of Public Law, Volume 9, Issue 1, 2017, p. 80. This study is an effort to contribute to the current urban studies debate on the way to conceptualize the...

Commons in the political space, for a post capitalist transition – The Interviews

What are relations between commons and politics? In the last few years, the commons have enriched themselves with their entry into political institutions at the level of states, large cities or regions, whether in Bolivia, Ecuador, Spain, Britain, France, Italy, and...

Agenda RE-CYCLE – Proposte per reinventare la città

Between 1999 and 2012 around 300 million cubic meters of new constructions have been created in Italy. Following the crash of the real estate market in 2007, this construction boom resulted in the presence of an enormous amount of unfinished and unused building in the...

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Convenzione Quadro del Consiglio d’Europa

In data 24 ottobre 2020 è entrata in vigore la legge di ratifica ed esecuzione della Convenzione quadro del Consiglio d'Europa sul valore del patrimonio culturale per la società, pubblicata nella Gazzetta Ufficiale del 23 ottobre 2020. Gli Stati membri del Consiglio...

Urban Science for City Challenges – City Science Initiative

The City Science Initiative aims to strengthen how science and research can help address the urban challenges and to develop a structured approach to evidence-informed policy-making at cities' level.  Recently, the report reflecting on the CSI pilot phase has been...

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