workshop of the Urban Clinic LabGov EDU in Luiss University was dedicated to
urban planning. It took place in Luiss Campus on Friday 22nd February
Alvisi from AlvisiKirimoto gave a lecture on this theme. He has started his
lecture by saying to the Labgovers that a very crucial and actual issue and at the
same time challenge for the cities is the shift that has to be done from
conceiving the differences from the city center to the peripheries. He has
affirmed that we have to try to imagine the periphery as a horizon, as a limit
to which to aim. We have, in his words, to reverse the common storytelling of
the peripheries, by making it a place where contamination and meetings happen.
He told the
Labgovers that sustainability means beauty and beauty is fragile. Italy is a
fragile beauty. It is for this reason that urban planning plays a key role in
fostering the sustainability of our cities. It does so by protecting the beauty
from its fragility.
Alvisi has then focused his attention to his personal professional experience,
and has narrated to the Labgovers his work with the working group G124, created
by the Italian ‘archi-star’ Renzo Piano.
Renzo Piano gives his whole salary deriving from its role as an Italian congressman
to this project (in facts, the name derives from the name of the building where
G124 works, that is palazzo Giustiniani). The working group creates projects
aimed toimprove the peripheries’ architecture. With G124, Luiss and LabGov he
has realized the Co-Battipaglia project,
in southern Italy. In this project they have implemented a participated urban
planning and a process of co-created regeneration of the city.
‘A community garden is a place where
we rediscover the importance of the slowness. Time is important’. It is with
these words that the General Director of Luiss Guido Carli University, Giovanni
Lo Storto, has inaugurated the Academic Year 2018/2019 of the Urban Clinic LabGov
The General Director, by recalling the steps that he had to face in order to
create a community garden in a University, has narrated how, from the moment of
the creation of this place, many initiatives were started. ‘The ground is
generous and the Luiss community garden has been extremely generous through the
years’. It has given many tangible fruits. The General Director (GD) has
narrated the case of an old inhabitant of the neighborhood surrounding the
University that has thanked the GD for having created the community garden,
that helped him in overcoming his wife death. The Luiss community garden is
also the place where many young people affected by Autism spectrum disorder
work together and become gardeners.
The GD has underlined the importance
of training the students to respect the other. This objective can be achieved
by teaching the students to work as a team (team building). This is something
that the Urban Clinic LabGov EDU teach to their students (the Labgovers).
This year the Urban Clinic will
teach to the Labgovers to rediscover the generosity of the ground, the strong
connection between agriculture and food, the role of a correct diet for a
healthy lifestyle. Massimiliano Giansanti, President of Confagricoltura (the
Italian General Confederation of Agriculture),
and Peppe Zullo, a famous italian ‘farmer
chef’ (as he loves to call itself) have spoken about those issues.
The President of Confagricoltura has
underlined the strong connection between ‘the ground and the food’. Recognizing
that behind food there is wealth means understanding the importance of the
wealth deriving from the ground and the agriculture production. The Made in Italy food brand is copied all
around the world and the whole world envies it especially for the incredible variety
of the Italian agriculture, that is able to provide common and universal products
(e.g. the wheat) and at the same time very special products (e.g. saffron or
tomatoes). In Italy we produce something that can not be produced anywhere else
(or at least is produced with lower quality). It is for this reason that the
President of Confagricoltura has affirmed that food and agriculture are the
gates of the territory. Confagricoltura is more and more focused on the new
role of the agriculture, that is always more related on the one hand to
individual well-being and on the other to data management. A correct diet is
crucial in order to prevent many illnesses (and this also means a huge saving
on spendings on medicines and treatments).
The ‘farmer-chef’ Peppe Zullo has
underlined the extraordinariness of a farmer becoming a chef too. For many
years there has been a lack in the process from the ground to the kitchen. Today
the binomial ‘farmer – chef’ is synonymous of quality. If we think to a restaurant in the garden, it
is nearer than ‘Farm- to -table’. He has narrated his experience abroad, when
he once told to colleagues from the USA that ‘We are what we eat, if we eat
well we feell well, if we eat bad we fill bad and if we eat junk we are junk!’.
The he said that our ground is fertile and very generous and is visited from
all over the world. He has narrated the experience of the ‘Appointment with the
Daunia’, an event that he organizes each year in Puglia (Southern Italy) and
where he invites chefs form all over the world.
The first panel was then concluded
with the greetings. The GD has suggested to work to ‘embroider the human
During the second panel we listened
to Dr. Claudia Giommarini, head of Luiss ERS, Soft Skills and students’
development, to arch. Claudio Bordi, coordinator of the project RU:RBAN (funded
by the EU program Urbact and to dr. Elena De Nictolis, Luiss Post-Doc Research
Fellow and LabGov EDU Scientific Director.
Dr. Giommarini, from the beginning
one of the most supportive of the Urban Clinic LabGov EDU initiatives (the
Urban Clinic is part of the Soft Skills activities promoted by the University),
has narrated the numerous projects and initiatives that his office and the
University have promoted during the years in the sustainability field.
Dr. Bordi has narrated the
importance of the roman experiences of urban gardens. They represent a
peculiarity because they are grassroots initiatives. Rome inhabitants come
together around a green space and create NGOs that are then recognized by the
Municipality (that has created a specific Regulation). Finally he has reported
the status of the Transfer Network RU:RBAN, in which the Rome Municipality is
Finally, dr. De Nictolis has
underlined the importance of the role of the research centers and the
Universities in studying these phenomena.
Giornata di Apertura Clinica Urbana LabGov EDU 2018/2019
“L’orto è lo strumento
attraverso cui recuperiamo il valore della lentezza. Il tempo è importante.”
Così il Direttore Generale dell’Università Luiss Guido Carli, Giovanni Lo
Storto, nella giornata di apertura della Clinica Urbana EDU LabGov del 15
Febbraio 2018, ha inaugurato questo nuovo anno accademico. Il Direttore
Generale, nel ripercorrere le tappe che hanno portato l’università a destinare
uno spazio all’orto, racconta con fierezza come, dal “taglio del nastro”, le
opportunità che sono sorte intorno all’orto sono state numerosissime. “La terra
è generosa e l’orto Luiss è stato molto generoso con noi”. Frutti percepibili, come
una lettera ricevuta da un anziano abitante del quartiere che ringraziava
perché frequentare l’orto Luiss è stato fondamentale per superare la morte
della moglie. O ancora, da questo spazio sono partite numerose iniziative come
ad esempio il progetto che ha fatto lavorare dei ragazzi autistici nell’orto e
li ha resi dei giardinieri.
L’obiettivo che il DG ritiene
prioritario è quello di formare ragazzi in maniera circolare, allenarli alla
consapevolezza e al rispetto dell’altro. Obiettivi che possono essere
perseguiti se si insegna ai ragazzi a fare team building cosi come viene
proposto nelle attività di LabGov Edu.
Centrale sarà quest’anno per
la Clinica Urbana riscoprire la generosità della terra, lo stretto legame che
c’è tra agricoltura e cibo, il ruolo dell’alimentazione per una vita sana. Su questi
temi intervengono il Presidente di Confagricoltura, Massimiliano Giansanti, e
il “cuoco-contadino” Peppe Zullo.
In particolare, il Presidente
di Confagricoltura sottolinea il legame fortissimo tra terra e cibo.
Considerare che dietro il cibo c’è ricchezza significa prendere consapevolezza
della conseguente ricchezza della terra e della produzione agricola. Il made in Italy alimentare viene copiato
nel mondo e il mondo ce lo invidia perché la varietà dell’agricoltura italiana
è in grado di fornire prodotti universali come il grano e prodotti unici come
lo zafferano (in Puglia se ne produce uno dei migliori) o i pomodori (dove
Puglia e Campania sono ottimi fornitori). In sostanza, in Italia produciamo
prodotti che in altre parti del mondo non si possono produrre o almeno non con
la stessa qualità che garantiamo noi. Per questo “continuo a dire che
agricoltura è il gate del territorio,
il cibo è il gate del territorio”.
L’impegno di Confagricoltura è proprio quello di cogliere il nuovo volto
dell’agricoltura che si intreccia sempre di più con il tema del benessere, da
un lato, e quello della “gestione del dato”, dall’altro. Un’alimentazione sana
aiuta a prevenire malattie e quindi anche a risparmiare sulle cure e sui
l’intervento del “cuoco-contadino” Peppe Zullo, che ribadisce come si tratti di
un fatto straordinario quello del contadino che diventa cuoco. Per diversi anni
c’è stato un vuoto tra il contadino e la cucina. Oggi, invece, il binomio viene
percepito come marchio di qualità. In questo senso spesso si parla di km0, ma
se pensiamo all’idea di un ristorante immerso nell’orto siamo ben sotto il km0!
sua esperienza all’estero Peppe Zullo racconta come la base di tutto è ciò che
diceva scherzosamente ai colleghi americani: “We are what we eat, if we eat well we feell well, if we
eat bad we fill bad and if we eat junk we are junk!”. La terra è generosa, la nostra in
particolare. Vengono da tutto il mondo per conoscere il nostro patrimonio.
L’appuntamento in Daunia, tra la Puglia e l’Irpinia, costituisce un esempio
tangibile di questa mobilitazione dove quest’anno, ricorda il cuoco, si è
affrontato il tema dell’universalità del cibo con cuochi provenienti da tutto
Il primo panel si
conclude con gli auguri del DG il quale rivisita il concetto di “rammendo delle
periferie urbane” (utilizzato da Renzo Piano nei suoi progetti) con quello di
“ricamo delle periferie umane”. La Clinica Urbana ha il compito di innovare
nella città e nella società. Ricamare una periferia umana vuol dire che è
attraverso l’ago e filo dell’esempio dei ragazzi della Clinica che si può
ricamare la capacità, di un collega universitario, di imparare a
Nel secondo panel
della giornata di apertura della Clinica Urbana abbiamo avuto l’occasione di
ascoltare la dottoressa Giommarini, responsabile dell’ufficio Luiss ERS (Etica
Responsabilità e Sostenibilità) Soft Skills and students’ development, l’architetto
Bordi, coordinatore del progetto RU:RBAN finanziato dal programma europeo
Urbact e la dottoressa De Nictolis, Post-Doc Research Fellow Luiss e Direttore
Scientifico della Clinica Urbana LabGov EDU.
Giommarini, che da sempre supporta le iniziative della Clinica Urbana (che
rientra nelle attività Soft Skills dell’Ateneo), ha raccontato i numerosi
progetti che il suo ufficio e la Luiss portano avanti in materia di
sostenibilità che, nelle parole della dottoressa, acquista il senso di un
qualcosa che deve essere durevole e circolare.
Il dottor Bordi
ha raccontato l’importanza delle esperienze romane di orti urbani. La
peculiarità del caso romano è costituita dalla direzione di questi processi,
che partono dal basso con associazioni che si costituiscono attorno a spazi
verdi, e arrivano alle amministrazioni. Il comune di Roma si è tra l’altro
dotato di uno strumento molto importante nella prospettiva di riconoscere
ufficialmente queste realtà, il Regolamento sugli orti Urbani. L’architetto
Bordi ha infine aggiornato i presenti sullo stato dell’arte del Transfer Network
RU:RBAN. Roma, lead partner del Network, trasferirà alle altre città partner la
propria buona pratica.
Il panel si è
chiuso con la dottoressa De Nictolis, che ha ricordato l’importanza dei centri
di ricerca e delle università nello studio e nella ricerca applicata anche nel
settore dell’agricoltura urbana.
La giornata si è conclusa con un giro di presentazione
dei Labgovers e con i dettagli tecnici spiegati dai tutors del team
Saturday 19th January 2019, from h. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, will take place the National Assembly
“Per Garantirci un futuro ecosostenibile: ristrutturiamo la democrazia a partire dal governo dei beni pubblici e comuni” (To ensure a Sustainable Future we have to renovate our Democracy starting from the Governance of the Commons), at The International Women’s House in Rome (via della Lungara, 19).
The Assembly is promoted by the Comitato Popolare di Difesa Beni Comuni Sociali e Sovrani ‘Stefano Rodotà’ (Popular Committee in Defence of the Social and Sovereign Commons ‘Stefano Rodotà’).
It is ten years since the Rodotà’ Commission experience, and the new-born Popular Committee in Defence of the Social and Sovereign Commons ‘Stefano Rodotà’ has once again brought to public attention the theme of the Commons. It did so by presenting a popular initiative Law proposal to the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation (on 18th December 2018).
The public Assembly that will held on 19th January 2019 will launch the collection of signatures.
The initiative started on 30th November 2018, in occasion of a conference that was held at the ‘Accademia dei Lincei’ in Rome. The Committee, created on that occasion, presented on 18th December 2018 the popular initiative Law proposal to the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation.
Objectives of the Committee are:
To reach one million signatures
To trace the text of the Rodotà’ proposal
To constitute a Cooperative Society based on a popular shareholding model
Professor Christian Iaione, LabGov scientific co-director, is one of the first petitioners of the abovementioned popular initiative Law proposal.
LabGov has enthusiastically joined the initiative.
Sabato 19 gennaio 2019, dalle ore 10:00 alle 17:00, si terrà l’Assemblea Nazionale “Per Garantirci un futuro ecosostenibile: ristrutturiamo la democrazia a partire dal governo dei beni pubblici e comuni” presso la Casa Internazionale delle Donne in via della Lungara, 19 a Roma.
L’Assemblea è promossa dal Comitato Popolare di Difesa Beni Comuni Sociali e Sovrani “Stefano Rodotà”.
A dieci anni dall’esperienza della Commissione Rodotà, il Comitato Popolare di Difesa Beni Comuni Sociali e Sovrani “Stefano Rodotà” ha riportato al centro dell’attenzione il tema dei beni comuni,
con la presentazione in Cassazione, il 18 dicembre 2018 a Roma, della proposta di legge di iniziativa popolare che porterà alla raccolta di firme sul territorio nazionale, sul testo originario della Commissione Rodotà.
L’assemblea pubblica del 19 gennaio 2019 lancerà la campagna di raccolta firme.
L’iniziativa è nata il 30 novembre 2018 con un convegno presso l’Accademia dei Lincei di Roma. In quel giorno si è costituito il Comitato, che il 18 dicembre 2018 ha depositato in Cassazione la proposta di legge di iniziativa popolare e che organizza questo momento pubblico di lancio della raccolta firme sul suddetto testo di legge.
Agenda Tevere has started the procedure that will conduct to the creation of the first river’s contract dedicated to the Tiber in the urban area of Rome (the Contract will involve the area of the river that goes from Castel Giubileo – north part of the city – to the Foce – the final part of the river, in Fiumicino).
I have already analysed Agenda Tevere (hereinafter AT) and its genesis .
In this article I will focus on the tool that AT promotes and wants to apply to the roman river: the river’s contract. I will analyze the tool of the river’s contract and the benefits deriving from its creation, and then I will describe the procedure that AT (and the Committee for the promotion of the River’s Contract) is following in order to achieve this result and the actual state of the art of the abovementioned procedure.
The river’s contracts
The river’s contracts (hereinafter RC) are new tools based on the voluntary agreement between local authorities and privates as a form of negotiated and shared planning procedure. This tool aims to the realization of a participated planning concertation and to the elaboration and implementation of water resources management . The river’s contract is a tool specific for fluvial area’s recovery. It develops a path that leads to the definition of a contract and whose pillars are:
sharing a clear objective;
signing an agreement among citizens (both civil society organizations and social innovators are involved in the definition of citizens), municipalities (public administrations), privates and the other partners involved;
finding sponsor who are available to fund the actions in order to reach the set objective.
This tool is born in France in the ‘80s of the twentieth century (the first RC – Contrat de Rivière was signed in 1983). The creation of the RCs was promoted also by the EU (by the European Parliament and the Council), that sanctioned the Water Framework Directive, in which was provided a framework for the implementation of integrated policies for water resources management. This document promotes the start of processes for citizens’ consultation and active participation.
The Italian experience
In Italy the first RCs were sanctioned in the first years of 2000. In 2003 the General Management for Water Resources and Public Utility Services of Lombardy Region started the procedure for the signing of the RC of River Olona’s basin. From that moment other RCs were started for many rivers of the Region. Then the Lombardy Region was emulated by other regions of Northern Italy, first of all by the Piedmont Region (that in 2007 started thinking the RCs as a possible way to implement the Water Protection Plan), and then by many others.
In Italy the RC is defined as an agreement between subjects that have competence in the management (and the use of) the water resources, in territorial planning and in the environmental protection. The process generated by the RC has a strong impact on the management and care of the water resources and the territory surrounding the rivers, contributes to hydraulic risks prevention and to the local development. This tool aims to achieve the objectives established in the European framework of the EU Water Framework Directive (2000/60/CE) and of the Directive on the assessment and management of flood risks (2007/60/CE).
coordinating public intervention by the several institutional levels;
rationalizing and integrating public resources;
stimulating and boosting private investments.
At the national level, in 2007 was created the first Italian “National Table of the River’s Contracts”, in a period in which the diffusion was limited to the Northern regions. In 2010 was adopted a National Chart of the River’s Contracts” and in 2017 the Italian Ministry of the Environment created a “National Observatory of the River’s Contracts”.
RCs and Co-governance
The RC is based on the principles of horizontal and vertical subsidiarity and promotes Co-governance processes. In facts the RCs often involve the five actors of the quintuple helix model. In this process of urban governance are involved: 1) active citizens, commoners, social innovators, city makers, local communities; 2) public authorities; 3) private actors (national or local businesses; small and medium enterprises; social business); 4) civil society organizations and NGOs; 5) knowledge institutions (schools and universities).
Those five actors are well represented in the case taken into consideration in this article, the one of the Tiber’ RC.
credits to: Paola Verdinelli, President of Agenda Tevere
The procedure for the Tiber’ RC
Agenda Tevere (AT) has promoted the creation of the Committee of the RC’ promoters and the drafting of the Declaration of Intent that has started the procedure that will conduct to the RC for the Tiber in the urban area of Rome. The procedure started on 28th June 2017. On 29th November 2017 the Lazio regional authority gave its official assent to the start of the procedure.
I will now briefly describe the meetings of the Committee of the RC’ promoters:
the first meeting was hosted on the 20th December 2017 by the Rome municipality, the Campidoglio, and represented a crucial turning point for AT and for the Committee of the RC’ promoters. It represented the official starting point of the procedure and a moment of public dissemination of the expected results and the state of the art of the Tiber. This was an important moment because it included the Tiber in the governmental agenda and allowed the inhabitants of Rome to know the ongoing process.
Credits to: Alessandro Antonelli, author of the article
the second meeting took place on the 30th January 2018. During this meeting the promoters have defined and formalized the structure and the governance rules of the procedure for the RC. AT has proposed to the Committee a governance structure that foresees the creation of an Inter Institutional Committee and a Technical Secretariat. The Committee of the RC promoters ratified this proposal. This meeting intended to let the work of the Committee begin. It has been successful in defining the governance scheme of the procedure.
Credits to: Alessandro Antonelli, author of the article, and Paola Cannavò, member of the Agenda Tevere Board of Directors
the third meeting took place on 19th March 2018. The agenda of the meeting included: the analysis of the programmatic decision in which were listed the priorities and objectives of the first working phase of the procedure; the formulation of the proposal of hypothesis for the creation of the working groups that had to implement the actions and to achieve the results expected during this first phase. During this meeting was underlined the importance of coordinating this RC with the others of the Lazio region. It was also proposed the drafting of a programmatic decision.
Credits to: Alessandro Antonelli, author of the article
the fourth meeting of the Committee of the RC’ Promoters was held on the 9th July 2018. During this meeting the pillars of the Programmatic Document were discussed and amended by the Promoters. The approval of this document was important in order to define the roadmap of the procedure that will bring the Committee to the drafting of the RC. The steps enounced in the document are: the creation of the governance organisms (already discussed and approved during the meeting held on the 30th January 2018), the phase of data survey (in which the Committee has to identify the potential and the criticality of the area taken into account by the RC, by examining the existing data), the consequent definition of the strategy at the basis of the action plan. The procedure was at that point in the phase prior to the survey phase.
Credits to: Alessandro Antonelli, author of the article
the fifth meeting was held on the 9th November 2018 in the offices made available by the Rome Municipality for the RC. During this appointment the composition of the two governance bodies, the Inter Institutional Committee and the Technical Secretariat, was defined. LabGov.City – LABoratory for the GOVernance of the city as a commons was appointed as one of the members of the Inter Institutional Committee. Professor Christian Iaione, scientific co-director of LabGov, was appointed as the coordinator of one of the working tables of the Technical Secretariat, the one that will develop the Governance model of the projects that will start along the banks of the Tiber. This meeting was very important because it marked the real start of the working phase.
Credits to: Alessandro Ricca, Secretary of Agenda Tevere
Inter Institutional Committee:
the first meeting of the Inter Institutional Committee was held on 7th December 2018 in the headquarter of the municipality of Fiumicino. The Committee ratified the internal Rules of Procedure and defined the calendar of meetings, in line with the one of the Technical Secretariat. Paola Cannavò, member of the Board of Directors of AT, of the Scientific Committee of LabGov and of the Co-Roma working team, as the coordinator of the Technical Secretariat, reported the results of the first meeting of the Secretariat, in which had been scheduled the timelines of the Secretariat work plan and the connected objectives. The Committee ratified the proposals of the Secretariat.
Credits to: Alessandro Antonelli, author of the article
the first meeting of the Secretariat took place on the 20th November 2018. During this appointment the Secretariat defined the timelines and the connected objectives. The Secretariat also defined the thematic issues of the various working groups composing the structure and identified the coordinators for each working group.
The second meeting was held on 7th December 2018. During this meeting each working group presented the objectives and members of the w.g. itself.
The third meeting was held on 11th January 2019. During this meeting each group presented the documentation available for each issue and the work plan.
AT has narrated the ongoing process on public occasions, such as for example during the meeting organized in Fiumicino (the Municipality near Rome that is involved in the procedure and is signatory oh the Declaration of intent for the RC of the Tiber) and held on the 4th June 2018, or in occasion of the first Conference of the National Observatory of the RCs.
AT has also narrated the ongoing process and the tool of the RC to the academic community and the university. An example is given by the workshop organized by EDU@LabGov, the non-formal educational platform based on the model of the in-house clinic organized by LabGov at LUISS University of Rome. The workshop, that took place on 17th November 2018, was entirely dedicated to the narration of what AT was doing at the time, to the state of the Tiber (and of the whole city of Rome) and to the RC.
The procedure that will bring to the conclusion of the RC for the Tiber will be composed by two phases.
The first phase will be a data survey (based on the existing data on the state of the river). During this phase each working group composing the Technical Secretariat will study the available data and identify the criticalities. Action guidelines will also be defined. Finally, the Technical Secretariat will identify a place of experimentation along the riverbanks, where to launch a pilot project.
During the second phase the working groups will define a common strategy and a series of pilot projects that will be included in the first three-year Action Plan.
LabGov coordinates the working group which focuses on the governance model of the projects that will be launched on the floodplains of the Tiber. If you are interested in contributing to this working group you can contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .