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The impact of universities on society: Working on neighborhood commons in San José, Costa Rica

Versión en español a continuación As part of the LabGov research and extension program for Costa Rica, the Architecture students of the Universidad Latina continue to apply the concepts of common goods to the city, collaborating with the community of the Cedros...

Cultural heritage leading urban futures: The Horizon 2020 ROCK project

“ROCK focuses on historic city centres as extraordinary laboratories to demonstrate how cultural heritage can be a unique and powerful engine of regeneration, sustainable development and economic growth for the whole city”.     32 participants from 13 countries[1],...

LabGov presenting the evaluation of the Bologna Regulation at Georgetown University at the “Celebrating Commons Scholarship” Conference

Georgetown Law in Washington DC is hosting the "Celebrating Commons Scholarship" Conference, co-chaired by Professor Sheila Foster, co-founder of Labgov, and Professor Brigham Daniels, as part of the International Association for the Study of the...

The impact of AirBnB on our cities: Gentrification and ‘disneyfication’ 2.0

The Urban Media Lab is back to analyze the sharing economy platforms’ panorama[1]. The scientific and public debate, in particular around the topic of the short-term rental’s impacts on urban contexts, is indeed becoming hot. Home sharing platforms are more and more...

Smart City’s Development: a New Democratic Perspective from Toronto

    Nowadays, more and more urban experts are questioning the utopian future of smart, intelligent and data-driven cities. As reported by The New York Times editorial board, issues like the role of technology in everyday life, the influence of tech companies and the...
Recent Publications

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...

“Value in the Commons Economy” Report

"What is at the heart of the problems erupting worldwide? Is anything good emerging from these multiple crises? Can a new system grow from within the old one? Is it already here, visible and thriving? These questions are addressed by Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Niaros...

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LabGov Events

Festival della Partecipazione, L’Aquila 11-14 ottobre

Il “Festival della Partecipazione”, promosso da ActionAid Italia e Cittadinanzattiva in collaborazione con Slow Food Italia e il Comune de L'Aquila è una quattro giorni di laboratori, conferenze, dibattiti e concerti, una fabbrica di idee per costruire le nuove forme...

Capri e le infrastrutture sostenibili per il turismo

Kick-off del progetto di sviluppo locale di comunità: “Sustainable, Collaborative and Innovative Capri - SCIC” 20 ottobre 2018 ore 15.30 – 19:30, Centro Polifunzionale Internazionale - Via della Orta, 3 - Capri Il 20 ottobre si terrà a Capri il convegno di...

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