“Organizing, Promoting and Enabling Heritage Re-use through Inclusion, Technology, Access, Governance and Empowerment” (Open Heritage): a research project funded by Horizon 2020 for theorizing and testing inclusive governance models for adaptive heritage re-use

“Organizing, Promoting and Enabling Heritage Re-use through Inclusion, Technology, Access, Governance and Empowerment” (Open Heritage): a research project funded by Horizon 2020 for theorizing and testing inclusive governance models for adaptive heritage re-use

The Public Archaeological Park of Centocelle

LUISS University and LabGov have achieved an important goal at European level! They are, in fact, involved in the project “OpenHeritage” admitted to funding in the Horizon 2020 program: LUISS University is part of the interdisciplinary EU consortium for the realization of the project.

The project “Organizing, Promoting and ENabling HEritage Re-use through Inclusion, Technology, Access, Governance and Empowerment, (hereinafter: OpenHeritage)” aims at creating, testing and optimizing an inclusive governance model of adaptive heritage re-use and an interdisciplinary toolbox which will be tested in six diverse Cooperative Heritage Labs (CHLs) to produce usable and transferable results. The main idea behind the project is that abandoned or underused buildings, areas, which have a symbolic or practical value for heritage communities, represent also important instruments and opportunities to increase social cohesion, introduce innovative bottom-up economic activities and create employment opportunities.

Starting from the assumption that the heritage preservation and management efforts are often inefficient and unsustainable, and from the assumption that local communities can play an important role in solving this lack, the starting point of the project is the possibility of empowering the local community in the redevelopment process of cultural heritage sites. Hence, the work will be based on the concepts of heritage community and participatory culture. The methodology adopted is built on a case-study approach on the one hand, and an action research methodology on the other. An important goal of the project is the development of innovative financial tools in order to develop alternatives and to enable local communities and their actions to be economically sustainable.

The partnership

The project will be realized throughout four years (starting in June 2018/2021) by a large and diverse consortium composed by 16 participating organisations: Metropolitan Research InstituteEutropianUniversiteit GentNewcastle University, Humboldt Universität zu BerlinOddział Warszawski Stowarzyszenia ArchitektówICLEIEuroditeStiftung triasUniversita degli Studi Roma TreCenter for Urban History of East Central EuropeLUISS Libera Universita Internazionale Degli Studi Sociali Guido CarliPlatoniq Sistema CulturalCentral European UniversityCamara Municipal de LisboaTyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust. The lead partner and project coordinator is the Metropolitan Research Institute based in Budapest. LUISS University is a partner affiliated to the project through LabGov (LABoratory for the GOVernance of the Commons) and will bring a trans-disciplinary set of scholars; Christian Iaione (UniMarconi and LUISS school of Political Science, co-director of LUISS LabGov); Michele Sorice; (School of Political Science) Emiliana De Blasio (School of Political Science); Francesco Rullani; (School of Economy); Daniele Gallo (School of Law); Elena De Nictolis; (Phd Candidate, School of Political Science) and will bring on board other Phd students and post-doc researchers that will be selected in the upcoming months.  

The work plan and the role of LUISS-LabGov

The work plan consists in 6 working packages and the work is built around the following guidelines:

  1. Diagnose what works, and what does not, in the adaptive re-use of cultural heritage currently
  2. Identify the micro and macro level conditionality of good practice transferability
  3. Explore, create and test new tools and methods that advance the more efficient adaptive re-use of cultural heritage assets in term of societal value, economic and environmental sustainability
  4. Disseminate the results

LUISS University is involved in work packages number 2, 34, 5, 6 and 7: in  WP2, it will lead the task on the analysis of 16 Observatory Cases (OCs). The OCs are existing re-use cases, dispersed across Europe that provide the micro level perspective in the multi-level analytical framework of OpenHeritage. The OC analysis will be based on three main pillars of OpenHeritage:

  • community and stakeholder integration
  • resource integration  
  • regional integration

and will contribute to establishing new tools to support adaptive re-use, will provide ideas for the 6 CHLs and help to  identify the main bottlenecks and drivers of adaptive re-use today, also contributing to the work on the transferability matrix as well . The Luiss-LabGov team will play a major role in work package 4, which consists of setting up, managing and evaluating the six Cooperative Heritage Labs, which are adaptive re-use laboratories aimed at creating transferable and adaptable models across Europe. They are set up in different European regions covering several heritage types, having as a common denominator their collocation outside of main urban and touristic centres. One of the six CHLs selected is the Roman case of the Parco Arceologico of Centocelle, which is part of the wider project Co-Roma, carried out by LabGov in collaboration with ENEA, LUISS University and the local community. It is aimed at developing an idea of collaborative city by applying the five key design principles for the urban commons (urban co-governance, enabling state, experimentalism, poolism, tech justice) and more in general the CO-City Protocol, and creating a smart co-district. In the framework of the project the role of heritage will be explored as well, and new methods of using heritage as a catalyst for social development will be tried.

Steering Committee Meeting, LUISS University of Rome, June 14th 2018

First steps: the Open Heritage Consortium Meeting in Budapest (24-26 June 2018).

Work has already begun and in the past June, the project’s partners met in Budapest to know each other better, harmonise the approaches and working methods, and set out the guidelines for upcoming steps.

Several key words and concepts have arisen during the Open Heritage First Consortium Meeting, hosted by CEU, such as the important role played by cities in the field of open innovation, the concept of partnership as a new way of working and the importance of the evaluation process. The concepts of participatory heritage management and the possible uses of crowdsourcing were also explored. The days have been organized into site visits and several working sessions, during which the participants have started to define the next steps and strategies to be adopted and implemented during the next four years. They were full and interactive days: during the first day participants visited one of the six Cooperative Heritage Labs, the Pomáz-Nagykovácsi Cooperative Heritage Lab, and learned about the challenges of this peri-urban archaeological site.  The working sessions, instead, were held at CEU, at the end of which participants have participated in guided tours to the discovery of heritage re-use practices in contemporary Budapest.

Christian Darr, from Stiftung Trias, commented on the meeting that: “Within our first european research project we expected three days of work in Budapest – we haven’t been disappointed. But most of all it was really good to see motivated people from all over Europe – with different languages, educations, professions and experiences, but mostly with a common point of view and a strong basis for common work and plans – a little bit like meeting friends. Therefore we are very motivated and can’t wait to start with OpenHeritage!”

Picture from site Visit in Budapest, 26th June 2018

Working Session at CEU, Budapest,  25th June 2018

Un importante traguardo a livello europeo è stato raggiunto dall’Università LUISS Guido Carli insieme con LabGov. Sono, infatti, attivamente coinvolti nel progetto “Open Heritage”, finanziato dal programma europeo Horizon 2020: l’Università LUISS Guido Carli è una delle istituzioni facenti  parte del consorzio interdisciplinare europeo che provvederà alla realizzazione del progetto.

Il progetto Open Heritage (Organizing, Promoting and ENabling HEritage Re-use through Inclusion, Technology, Access, Governance and Empowerment) si occupa dei processi di rigenerazione del patrimonio urbano con un modello di sostenibilità basato sul coinvolgimento delle comunità locali.

A Scuola di Cucina Sostenibile!

A Scuola di Cucina Sostenibile!

Nella giornata di domani, Martedì 17 Gennaio alle ore 18.00, all’Università Luiss Guido Carli, avrà inizio il primo corso di cucina sostenibile con la nutrizionista Sara Farnetti. Si tratterà di un incontro introduttivo al corso di Well-being e sostenibilità durante il quale la mensa dell’Ateneo si trasformerà in un laboratorio gastronomico e i partecipanti potranno conoscere già nuove tecniche di cucina sana e sostenibile grazie allo show cooking di cucina vegetale realizzato dallo chef Simone Salvini.

Aprirà l’incontro il Direttore Generale Giovanni Lo Storto e terminerà con un aperitivo offerto a tutti i partecipanti e preparato dallo chef, utilizzando i prodotti biologici dell’orto condiviso Luiss.

L’obiettivo del laboratorio, a cui possono prender parte tutti gli studenti Triennali e a Ciclo Unico, è quello di promuovere una alimentazione sana e sostenibile, volta al benessere personale e dell’intera comunità. Mangiar sano è, infatti, un atto di responsabilità non solo nei nostri confronti, ma anche verso gli altri e tutto ciò che ci circonda. A partire da una corretta e sostenibile alimentazione, è possibile realizzare quel cambiamento di paradigma innovativo e sostenibile da un punto di vista ambientale, di cui sempre più ormai si sente la necessità.

Third Session of Co-working

Third Session of Co-working

On Friday 11th November 2016, labgovers met Professor Paola Santoro during the third session of co-working. The session started with the report concerning the on-the-spot- investigations made by the students on the 8th and 10th of November at the archaeological park of Centocelle and its surroundings. Their impressions and considerations were different, but the students agreed on the fact that there is a clear feeling of uneasiness and resignation regarding the Park and its neighbourhood. Following this report made by the students, Paola Santoro taught them how to use the Value Proposition Canvas, a tool extremely useful in the field of facilitation of common goods. The tasks for the students were the following: targeting the needs, the fears, the wants and the substitutes connected to the park, and placing them inside the model. Despite the difficulties found in the choice of the best category to fit each concept, the results have been quite similar across the different groups. The session concluded focusing on the activities of the following day, which would have been devoted to find solutions for the many problems of the area.

The morning debate, guided by Eloisa Susanna, started with the presentation of the Co-Roma platform and the analysis of the related questionnaire, lately used by the participants. After this analysis it was time to map some commons and the participants, after identifying the Tevere’s graffiti, are split in six groups and start the mapping, which makes them able to identify 18 more commons, to be analyzed and approved later. The last half an hour is then used to talk about what labgovers have seen and found during the on-the-spot investigations.

The mobility group is the first to start, stating that the car sharing services are not available in Centocelle, that is in a state of abandonment, that an orientating system is missing and that the accessibility to the park is problematic for disabled people; the services group puts the accent on the dissatisfaction of the people, wondering if that could be blamed for the lack of investments.

The afternoon debate is guided by Paola Santoro who introduced the concept of ‘Minimum Viable Product’, and the mobility group confirms the points listed above (accessibility from all neighbourhoods, accessibility for disabled people, orientating system to cross the park, grant public transports’ efficiency, map the park, park in safe spots, widen car sharing services) ranked by importance, from the more to the less important, and the same procedure is applied to the fears felt by the park’s users (being victim of an assault or theft, to be lost, stray animals, darkness) and to the services to be realized, and the wants( services inside the park, parking lots, underpass, directions, knowledge of the park). The remarks of the mobility group are taken as an example by the other groups in the analysis of the classification of needs, fears and wants.

The meeting closes with the exposition of the work made during the day, and each group is able to provide some solutions aimed at resolving the problems of the park.

The first to talk is the services group, which identify three main concepts: the organization of turns for the monitoring, communication and diffusion of information, organization of cultural events. After them, the group resources stress, as a first solution, the importance of the presence of benches inside the park. They also suggest to increment the accessibility of the park and its surveillance. The group mobility focuses on the accessibility to the park: their solutions are mainly the creation of entrances and structures suitable also for disabled people. Finally, the criticity group stress the importance of developing a sense of belonging to the park for the citizens.

Venerdì 11 Novembre 2016, i giovani labgovers hanno partecipato alla terza sessione di co-working sotto la guida della professoressa Paola Santoro. La sessione è iniziata con il resoconto degli studenti sui sopralluoghi effettuati presso il Parco archeologico di Centocelle e i suoi dintorni effettuati in data 8 e 10 novembre. Gli studenti, avendo potuto osservare la situazione e parlare con gli abitanti della zona, hanno potuto percepire un generale clima di disagio e rassegnazione nei confronti del parco stesso. A seguito del resoconto, Paola Santoro ha illustrato ai ragazzi come utilizzare il Value Proposition Canvas, uno strumento molto utile per la facilitazione dei beni comuni. Il compito successivo, infatti, è stato individuare i bisogni, le paure, i desideri e i substitutes connessi al parco, e posizionarli all’interno del modello fornito. Nonostante le difficoltà incontrate nell’individuare la categoria migliore in cui inserire le numerose idee, i risultati emersi si sono rivelati abbastanza simili in tutti i gruppi presenti. L’incontro si è concluso anticipando che il giorno seguente gli studenti si sarebbero concentrati sulle soluzioni ai problemi individuati.

La giornata del 12 Novembre 2016 ha avuto come ordine del giorno la mappatura digitale.

La discussione della mattina, guidata da Eloisa Susanna, è iniziata con la presentazione della piattaforma Co-Roma e con l’analisi del questionario ad essa allegato, che è stato poi utilizzato dai ragazzi. Dopo questa analisi si è passati alla mappatura di alcuni beni comuni ed i ragazzi, dopo aver identificato i graffiti sul Tevere, sono stati divisi in sei gruppi ed hanno iniziato la mappatura vera e propria, grazie alla quale sono stati inseriti altri 18 beni comuni, in seguito analizzati e approvati. L’ultima mezz’ora è stata quindi utilizzata per restituire quanto visto e riscontrato durante i sopralluoghi.

Ad iniziare è stato il gruppo mobilità che ha riscontrato che i servizi di car sharing non arrivano fino a Centocelle, che la mobilità è lenta e difficoltosa e che manca un sistema per orientarsi e che l’accessibilità al parco è difficoltosa per le persone diversamente abili; in seguito, il gruppo servizi ha evidenziato come il punto più interessante sia l’insoddisfazione dei cittadini e si domanda se non sia questa la causa della mancanza di investimenti.

La discussione del pomeriggio è stata guidata invece da Paola Santoro che ha introdotto il concetto di Minimum Viable Product ed il gruppo mobilità ha ribadito i punti sopra elencati (accedere da tutti i quartieri, accessi per disabili, attraversare il parco, garantire efficienza mezzi pubblici, mappare parco, parcheggiare in sicurezza, estendere i servizi di car sharing) che sono stati classificati in base alla loro importanza, dal più al meno importante, così come le paure provate dagli utenti del parco (subire aggressioni e furti, perdersi, animali randagi, buio) e i servizi che si vorrebbero offrire, wants, (servizi nel parco, parcheggi per tutti i mezzi (in/out), sottopassaggio, indicazioni agli utenti, tunnel, conoscere il parco).

Gli altri ragazzi, divisi nei quattro gruppi, hanno analizzato la classificazione dei bisogni, delle paure e dei wants.

La sessione si è conclusa con la restituzione del lavoro fatto durante il giorno, tramite il quale ogni gruppo è giunto all’identificazione di soluzioni destinate a migliorare il parco e la sua fruibilità da parte degli utenti.

Il primo a parlare è stato il gruppo servizi che ha individuato tre concetti fondamentali: organizzazione di turni per il monitoraggio sistematico/diffusione azioni di volontariato, comunicazione e diffusione delle informazioni, organizzazione di eventi culturali. In seguito è stato il turno del gruppo risorse, il quale ha sottolineato come prima soluzione la necessità di panchine all’interno del parco. Altre soluzioni proposte sono l’incremento del numero di accessi al parco e la vigilanza al suo interno.

Il gruppo mobilità si è concentrato sulla questione dell’accessibilità al parco, tramite l’abbattimento di barriere architettoniche e il coinvolgimento degli abitanti della zona al fine di aumentare l’affluenza e diminuire il tasso di criminalità. Infine, il gruppo criticità si è focalizzato sul piano psicologico, proponendo soluzioni mirate allo sviluppo di un senso di appartenenza nei residenti del Municipio V.

Written by Flavia Parisini

Citizens of the world-2nd Workshop LabGov EDU

Citizens of the world-2nd Workshop LabGov EDU

The second workshop of LabGov EDU 2016/2017 has been held on the 4th of November by Simone D’Antonio, an Italian urban journalist and communicator, member of ANCI and responsible for the activities of the Italian URBACT . He discussed with the class how the development of cities in the global scene is protected and followed by the international institutions.


Firstly, he introduced some international projects, like the European initiative “URBACT”, but above all he spoke about Habitat III, a meeting organized by the UN every 20 years to rewrite the New Urban Agenda. This year Habitat III took place in Quito, Ecuador, one of the few countries that provide the “right to the city” in its constitution. Due to its complex morphology, it is always searching for new solutions in order to adapt the cities to the territory facilitating all the citizens.

Next, he illustrated the “KNOW YOUR CITY” project, designed to give a voice to everyone who usually suffers in silence, like some African slums’ inhabitants or young Muslims who live in Middle East war zones, that show their own tragic realities with their strength.

He continued, talking about the “shrinking cities” phenomenon (that is unfortunately becoming frequent in our days, in many citiesimg-20161108-wa0026 such as Detroit), and the meaning of being an urban journalist; someone who is interested in finding solutions to the cities’ problems, through knowledge and communication. He underlined the importance of communication (through new media, internet, social networks), arguing how it’s important to build information networks in order to realize projects and create new economic systems, as the supportive one adopted by some marketplaces in Milan, after the Expo experience, in order to fight against food wasting. (link to know more about the experience in Milan: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/oct/16/milan-fight-against-food-waste-ugly-fruit-grassroots-world-food-day)

It is a good habit to be constantly informed about what is happening around the world in the urbanistic sector and to be aware of who makes the difference by giving birth to initiatives and projects, because we are all parts of this big scenery.

More info here: http://citiscope.org ; https://www.theguardian.com/international

Stay tuned!


Written by Claudia Caruso 

Let the work begin!

Let the work begin!

On Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October, the first co-working session of this year, 2016-2017, will be held. During the first day, the new labgovers will discuss with Paola Santoro, service designer, how to facilitate urban commons. They will reflect on the meaning of this strategy and on its relevance to build a community and to realise a collaborative project. Paola will illustrate the CO-Roma project and her experience.image-1

On Saturday, there will be Eloisa Susanna, an architect of G124 and partner of CO-Roma. She will be talking about the method adopted for both Co-Battipaglia and CO-Roma projects, and she will describe the experience she made working in the suburbs of Rome. Then, the labgovers will meet Claudio Gnessi and Stefania Favorito of the Ecomuseo Casilino and Urio Cini and Alessandra Noce, two active citizens and members of the Community for the Public Park of Centocelle. Together they will reflect and work on the potentialities and problems of the park and of the territory around it. Let the work of mapping and experimentation begin!



Nelle giornate del 14 e 15 ottobre, nella sede di Viale Romania si terrà la prima sessione di co-working del laboratorio 2016-2017. Nella prima giornata i ragazzi incontreranno Paola Santoro, service designer, insieme alla quale rifletteranno su cosa significa facilitare i beni comuni, a partire dalla sua esperienza di facilitatrice nel progetto CO-Roma. Il giorno successivo sarà presente Eloisa Susanna, architetto di G124 e partner di CO-Roma, la quale racconterà il lavoro svolto nelle periferie di Roma, in particolar modo nel Municipio V, cuore del progetto CO-Roma. Successivamente interverranno Claudio Gnessi e Stefania Favoriro, di Ecomuseo Casilino e Urio Cini e Alessandra Noce, della Comunità per il Parco Pubblico di Centocelle, con i quali i ragazzi ragioneranno e lavoreranno sulle potenzialità e criticità del parco e del territorio attorno. Che i lavori abbiano inizio!