Santa Maria della Pietà Integrated Urban Plan

Santa Maria della Pietà Integrated Urban Plan

The purpose of the Santa Maria della Pietà Integrated Urban Plan is to create a Health and Wellness Hub, a hybrid infrastructure articulated in spaces and activities that aspire to promote people’s development through shared pathways that facilitate the improvement of their socio-occupational skills, the acquisition of new healthy lifestyles and prioritize psychophysical well-being, including through nutrition education, the promotion of new business ideas and innovation in agribusiness and health, legality, sports and exercise in an area also endowed with ecological and naturalistic value.

Therefore, the urban regeneration project on the Santa Maria della Pietà complex will have to contemplate actions to meet the growing need for new spaces for personal care and psycho-physical well-being, which find in the Santa Maria della Pietà facility a fertile environment where, while respecting the historical and cultural value of the complex, social welfare activities, job training, business development, workshops, and enjoyment and entertainment can be developed in its public spaces and particularly those endowed with ecological and naturalistic value – integrated activities that promote not only the well-being of people, but also a connection with neighboring neighborhoods and, ultimately, with the city.

In questo contesto, la Luiss Guido Carli in collaborazione con LabGov ETS (LABoratorio per la GOVernance dei beni comuni – LabGov ETS), entità non profit affiliata all’Università Luiss Guido Carli, intende avviare un laboratorio di co-progettazione per elaborare (i) una proposta di governance complessiva del complesso di Santa Maria della Pietà che dia vita ad un partenariato fra soggetti pubblici, della società civile organizzata e del Terzo settore, della scuola e delle università, di singoli o gruppi di cittadini, di privati sociali e/o responsabili (c.d. attori della quintuplica elica) e (ii) sviluppare un’ipotesi di programmazione funzionale per la rigenerazione di alcuni dei suoi padiglioni e in particolare dei padiglioni 24, 28, 41, ad oggi di proprietà della ASL e della Regione Lazio.

House of Emerging Technologies

House of Emerging Technologies

The House of Emerging Technologies in Rome represents a true living lab, the seat of innovation, experimentation and smart city-oriented design, inside the Tiburtina station.

This project was implemented by Roma Capitale with co-financing from MISE (Ministry of Economic Development) and other corporate partners, totaling about 6 million euros.

The idea behind this project is extremely dynamic and envisions an imminent future in which emerging technologies, such as blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and integration with 5G networks, will be the drivers of sustainable economic development in the city.

This multipurpose space aims to host a wide range of activities, including startup creation, technology transfer to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), development of applied research projects and new experiments, as well as participation in educational events. Its more than 800 square meters include bright environments and offer a wide range of services and tools, including co-working spaces for individual work, meeting rooms for group work, brainstorming and co-design meetings.

In order to facilitate the participation of startups and SMEs, the House of Emerging Technologies in Rome will organize a series of workshops to facilitate the formation of entrepreneurial teams, the definition of ideas and the exchange of information between innovators and the business world.

This project has La Sapienza University, Tor Vergata University, Luiss Guido Carli University and Roma Tre University as university partners, while technical partners include LVenture Group, Innova and Peekaboo, and corporate partners include TIM, Acea and Wind-Tre.

Among the research, development and innovation activities supported by CTE is CO-Roma, the first active platform on the territory of Rome for sustainable and just urban innovation, also supporting co-design for the development of governance tools that facilitate technology transfer and integration among actors in the Roman innovation ecosystem.

PED4ALL – Positive Energy Districts For All

PED4ALL – Positive Energy Districts For All

Positive Energy Districts (PEDs or “PEDs”) are a key tool for achieving Europe’s Green Deal and climate goals by 2030. A PED is an energy self-sufficient, zero-carbon urban district. More precisely, the term “positive energy” refers to energy produced within districts through the use of renewable energy sources and fed back into the grid.

However, PEDs often constitute isolated realities within cities, and the challenge is to integrate them harmoniously into pre-existing urban contexts, creating climate-neutral, resilient and livable neighborhoods.

There are visions, plans, designs and solutions for PEDs, but the real issue is the definition of concrete, innovative, inclusive and shared co-design strategies for existing PEDs.

The goal of PED4ALL is to develop feasible, operational, implementable, and inclusive strategies that can be adopted by DPEs and neighborhood stakeholders in order to promote a profound energy transition in cities. This three-year project will involve an action-oriented network of DPE and neighborhood stakeholders in Belgium, Italy, and Turkey, who will apply a shared co-design methodology to define a set of energy, policy, regulatory, governance, social, spatial, and design strategies for urban transition and innovation. These strategies will be tested and may become replicable.

Project partners will engage in a series of online and in-person activities to co-produce a set of practical tools aimed at creating a community of practice and positioning Europe as a global model for urban energy transformation.

Urban Agriculture

Urban Agriculture

For several years now, LabGov -LABoratory for the GOVernance of the city as a common good has been devoting great attention to the issue of urban agriculture.


The experiences of urban agriculture, and in particular urban gardens and shared gardens, are central in the management of the city as a common good and in the engaged research activity carried out by LabGov, consisting in the study and development of methods, policies and projects aimed at the shared and collaborative management of urban spaces and resources. Urban gardens, in fact, especially in the Roman reality, were born and are born in the vast majority of cases in abandoned or inadequately cared for green spaces. They are born thanks to the initiative of individual citizens or groups of citizens, who gather around the aforementioned green spaces, as a hobby, for ecological reasons, with the intention of making a place come back to life (and live) and/or simply to be in community. Spaces of this kind then contribute to making the ‘surrounding area more pleasant and livable, thus increasing the quality of life and social harmony in the neighborhood, they are for this reason fundamental in the urban planning phase.


LabGov, since its founding, has paid special attention to this issue. In 2014, students of the EDU@LabGov urban clinic (the LabGovers), held by LabGov at LUISS Guido Carli University, made a decisive contribution to the creation of Italy’s first university community garden, the #ortoLUISS. Since then, the LabGovers have been co-managing this innovative university space and making it a training ground for collaboration and experimentation. Many are in fact the projects that have been born in the garden and that more than once have been spread and replicated in the neighborhoods of the city of Rome. To date, in fact, there are four urban satellite gardens of the #ortoLUISS scattered throughout the city and its suburbs. The 2015/16 A.A. LabGovers helped to create, in collaboration with two associations of the V Municipio, 100 and a capo APS and Comunità per il Parco Pubblico di Centocelle ODV, with the association Zappata Romana and with ENEA – Agenzia Nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l’energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile, three urban vegetable gardens in vascone, installed at a garden adopted by the first of the two associations and open to the attendance and participation of the city’s inhabitants. The 2016/17 A.A. LabGovers created in collaboration with the Community for Centocelle Public Park ODV and ENEA a series of urban box gardens, donated on a day of celebration and retake two ROM families in the area and installed in a private part of Centocelle Park. The A.A. 2017/18 LabGovers helped create, together with students from the Master of Landscape Architecture degree program, chaired by Professor Alessandra Battisti, and agronomist and botanist, Professor Barbara Invernizzi, the Community for Centocelle Public Park ODV and ENEA, a series of vertical and in-box urban gardens, which were installed in the garden of the Rugantino Public Library, in Torre Spaccata, and in the garden adjacent to it, taken over and cared for by the Community. During this last year of work, LabGovers helped create, in collaboration with other LUISS students, an urban garden at the Boccioni Elementary School, Parioli.


These four urban gardens, like all gardens in the city, have multiple functions. To date, in fact, these realities, in addition to having a recreational function for the community gardeners who tend them and contribute to the regeneration of urban greenery, constitute an important point of social aggregation thus facilitating the establishment and/or strengthening in terms of cohesion of local communities, which find themselves collaborating in the governance of real urban commons. In addition, urban gardens increasingly represent a place of integration and learning for all those who frequent them. In fact, to date, there are many examples of social inclusion that gravitate around the reality of urban gardens, to name a few, in the university garden of the Luiss is involved for years now an association, of autistic children (Giardinieri Ribelli), who have the opportunity to learn the rudiments of agriculture thus being included in this environment. Another example of integration fostered by urban gardens is that of foreigners, demonstrated by the project “Intergenerational and solidarity urban gardens,” which allows young immigrants to be able to come into contact with the local urban reality and learn the knowledge necessary for the practice of agriculture.


In addition, since May this year LabGov has become an integral part of RU:RBAN, a European network funded by the EU project URBACT III, as a facilitator among the various stakeholders involved in the project. The network envisages the creation of a Local Action Plan, with the participation of Roma Capitale and local stakeholders, aimed at the implementation of a public policy directed at social inclusion and urban regeneration activities with a focus on what concerns agriculture in the city.



Tiber is both a blue and green infrastructure that caǹ contribute to the goals of sustainable development and urban resilience. It represents an opportunity to invest in the redevelopment of urban space, a chance to create new, welcoming and inclusive places, as well as connect the central urban area with areas on the fringes, reconnect the ecological network, develop art projects and cultivate the cultural experience, and improve the well-being of the city and its citizens by creating spaces for events and sports̀ activities.

Situated in the city of Rome, it has become a place of experimentation for the construction of new collaborative governance tools. A synergy with public institutions is intended to commence, an experimentation of applied and empirical research that would lead to the construction of new collaborative forms of management of state property that can also facilitate the action of citizenship and administration.

In order to be able to redevelop the Tiber, it is necessary to adopt an approach inspired by the quintuple helix, that is, to create an eco-system in which public actors, private actors, universities & research institutions, both organized and non-organized civil society can collaborate in order to adopt innovative solutions.  This is precisely the approach used by Agenda Tevere, which collaborates with actors representing all the propeller blades.

With this specific goal, Agenda Tevere Onlus was established in 2017 as an accelerator of change, collaboration and shared responsibilitỳ taking. Starting from the reclamation and redevelopment of the riverbanks, Agenda Tevere intends to give back to the river a central role in the life of the city, its center and its suburbs, through an integrated plurality of design solutions that combine different needs and objectives that start from the restoration of degraded areas and a better management of existing activities to the introduction of new and more innovative ones.

Agenda Tevere Onlus has initiated actions in the area to involve the communitỳ and institutions in the process of transformation of the river, with the aim of resolving the conflicts of competencies existing in the urban stretch of the Tiber, through innovative processes and reflections through forms of governance. The strategic goal of the Agenda Tevere is to create “social empowerment” in order to implement projects that serve as examples and give confidence to the individual’s ability to “make a difference.”

Agenda Tevere intends to apply Venture Capital in order to generate “social and civic capital.” Unlike financial capital, “social and civic capital” is not a private or individual asset but rather an asset created specifically for the purpose of being made available and disseminated in the community to which one belongs.

Agenda Tevere, as an association of associations is assisted by various entities to develop and work on multiple competencies.  Among these associations is LabGov ETS, LaBoratorio per la GOVernance della città come un bene comune, an empirical/action research/applied research center on the governance of the commons, infrastructure and urban services at LUISS Guido Carli University.

LabGov ETS, as an association, is in charge of writing this governance mechanism foundation, and identifying the right body to coordinate with. Among the various topics that LabGov ETS conducts research on, through an empirical and applied approach, are river and landscape contracts, which in turn fit within the framework of a new paradigm of urbanism, that of collaborative and collaborative urbanism. This new urban planning approach is formulated in the conviction that contemporary urban planning and its regulation no longer offer any answer to the reality of the transformations of the Italian territory and that only a real reversal of the trend can in the future succeed in making urban planning regulations effective, valid and efficient.

The “collaborative paradigm” in urban planning is based on “institutional mending” between the public, private and community sectors to bring together and make public administrations, private businesses and the collaborative city composed of active citizens, voluntary organizations and innovative associations, civic entrepreneurs, responsible and forward-thinking local businesspeople, frontier schools and other knowledge and expertise bearers work in synergy.

The community is no longer a third party to be consulted through participatory tools, but sits at the table together with private individuals and institutions.

LabGov ETS, counting on its many years of experience in applied research, has aimed to assist Agenda Tevere, in an action of experimentation on the territory of the banks of the Tiber along the urban stretch.

In 2017, Agenda Tevere Onlus promoted the start of a shared path towards the Tiber River Contract and led to the signing of a manifesto of intent with seventy signatories, concerning the stretch of the river shaft, starting from the Castel Giubileo dam which crosses the city of Rome and flows until it flows into the Tyrrhenian Sea near the Fiumicino agglomeration, which intends to propose a participatory and effective management of the resources, both expressed and unexpressed, of the stretch of river in question where the banks and waters are in a very poor condition and in need of targeted and timely actions of recovery and redevelopment. The intent was developed in terms of objectives through a program document shared among the institutions.

This shared path initiated in 2017 with great effort and commitment led to the signing, on February 22, 2022, of the negotiated planning agreement for the First Three-Year Action Program of the Tiber River Contract from Castel Giubileo to fice – CdF Tevere.

The River Contract, as defined in Italy by the National Charter of River Contracts, is a voluntary strategic integrated and negotiated planning tool for river territories, which was created with the aim of promoting environmental and landscape redevelopment through actions of prevention, mitigation and monitoring of critical hydrogeological and water quality issues. The priority objective of the River Contract is to achieve the objectives of water body quality (Directive 2000/60) and flood risk prevention and reduction (Directive 2007/60). The River Contract is a pact between the different actors in the area for the sustainable integrated management of a river basin that perceives the river as a living environment and common good.

The contract makes effective the open and collaborative governance model promoted by Tiber Agenda. In fact, it is an enabling tool that allows multiple actors to present shared actions of knowledge oriented to conservationm, biodiversity protection and Tiber promotion.

Another key step in the process that led to the signing of the negotiated planning agreement for the First Three-Year Program of Action dl Contratto di Fiume Tevere da Castel Giubileo alla foce – CdF Tevere was the establishment of the participation foundation Tevere per Tutti by Lazio Regional Law 27/02/2020, n1. The latter, as reflected in Article 20, pursues the following objectives:

a) to incentivize, stimulate and enable public and private stakeholders to invest in the quality and enhancement of the river environment;

b) to carry out actions to stimulate activities co-financed with regional funds and to involve social, civic, cultural, public and sector actors in the enhancement of the river environment, including through maintenance, programming, planning, supervision and coordination initiatives;

c) promote the image of the Tiber through the redevelopment of the urban river stretch, as a tool for the enhancement of cultural, environmental and tourism heritage and the growth of territorial competitiveness.

The foundation is open to all public and private actors who wish to pursue the same goal.

During the process that led to the signing of the River Contract, Agenda Tevere also promoted various projects in the area aimed at stimulating systemic actions. We recall, for example, “Piazza Tevere” and “Tiberis”. These are two projects aimed at making the banks of the Tiber livable and usable. Another project worth mentioning is “Smart Tiber,” an informative and collaborative database and platform to encourage participation and take charge of actions to upgrade the area of the urban banks of the Tiber and reconnect it to the urban fabric of the city.



OpenHeritage: Organizing, Promoting and ENabling HEritage Reuse through Inclusion, Technology, Access, Governance and Empowerment

OpenHeritage aims at creating sustainable models of heritage asset management. The project puts the idea of inclusive governance of cultural heritage sites together with the development of heritage communities at its center. This means empowering the community in the processes of adaptive reuse.

OpenHeritage works with an open definition of heritage, not limited to listed assets but also involving those buildings, complexes, and spaces that have a symbolic or practical significance for local or trans-local heritage communities.


In 2018 “Co-Roma”, a coalition of urban actors (local NGOs, local public authorities, Luiss University and the LabGov research and innovation center, community hubs and local enterprises) started the process to obtain recognition from the Council of Europe of its work in in the area of the heritage co-district ACT (Alessandrino- Centocelle-Torrespaccata) to create value around the Centocelle archaeological and cultural heritage as a “heritage community” (pursuant to the Faro Convention, 2005).

The organised meetings and created documents provided the perfect occasion to show all the activities that the community has developed for the valorization of the heritage district and the inclusion of different narratives in the cultural values.


As part of the Faro Convention Network, the CO-Roma coalition took part to the annual Council of Europe initiative of the European Heritage Days organizing Heritage Walks on 21-22 September. Participants discovered some key locations of the co-district. Not only local communities but also some European actors (such as Eutropian and the European Cultural Foundation) took part in the walks. The walks started from the urban garden “Isola San Felice”, a green space taken up for adoption and managed by 100eacapo APS Association. This area has a strong social value for the community, it is in fact the first micro-regeneration activity carried out together with LabGov and National Agency for research on renewable energies and sustainable development, ENEA.

The next stop was at the Osteria di Centocelle following for the Tower of San Giovanni also known as “Torre di Centocelle”, from which the group continued to the so-called “Parco della Cultura” and “the vegetable garden of collaboration” hosted by the Rugantino library in Torre Spaccata. These vegetable gardens have been important instruments of involvement and awareness at local level. Passing through the Alessandrino waterworks, another historical monument that crosses the Co-District, the walk then stopped at Fusolab 2.0, an important space for social gathering, training and innovation.

The common thread of the walks was to tell through visiting the Co-District key places the work done so far by the community and the great potential that characterizes those areas, both from a social, economic environmental and cultural point of view.


On December 2018 the community of the Co-District, including the Alessandrino, Centocelle and Torre Spaccata districts, formalized and formalized the establishment of a neighborhood cooperative “CooperACTiva”. The community that for years actively worked in the area and that 3 years ago as part of the Co-Roma coalition had joined forces for a common interest, giving life to a shared path of activism and entrepreneurship. The goal that pushed urban cooperators to set up this collective urban enterprise was to create jobs for the inhabitants of the area through activities related to sustainable tourism, culture and neighbourhood services (including digital).

This cooperative is the first in Italy to be born in a complex urban area, characterized by low human development rates and high poverty indices. This tool represents a model of social aggregation capable of building responses shared by citizens to collective needs, as well as an instrument of cohesion of the community itself. It is a shared, participatory project that enhances and strengthens relational capital, community heritage, active citizenship in the management of urban common goods, and networking the resources of the territory through a democratic and intergenerational entrepreneurial tool. The cooperative became part of the Co-Roma coalition of stakeholders.


The co-design process aimed to define together with the local community the activities to insert in the Local Action Plan of the project, which was to serve as a guidance of the work for the upcoming 3 years. The co-design aimed to build the activities in a way that they meet the interest and need of the locals, empowering the community in developing them. The co-design activities allowed to increase the ownership of the citizens and ensure that the scope and the goal of the activities were aligned with the interests of the territory.


In the immediate aftermath of the lockdown measures’ ease, the Luiss team kept the Lab activities alive and rearranged and adapted the program of the Lab Capacity building as a digital process. The Digital Capacity Building process was offered in collaboration with Confcooperative, the national level organization representative of cooperatives, and the National Agency for research on renewable energies and sustainable development, ENEA (the same organization that supported the initial fieldwork that led the Luiss team to create the Co-Rome coalition in 2015).

The aim of the process is to foster the birth of cooperative businesses that operate at the neighbourhood level and offer services that respond to the emerging needs of inhabitants of distressed city neighbourhoods, as well as to the existing needs that are exacerbated by the post-pandemic scenario.

The overall goal of the process was to (re)discover neighbourhood co-operators who can contribute to the implementation of such businesses, already active or in progress in other city districts and generate new forms of urban co-operativism (in fact, during the pandemic communities have rediscovered the importance of neighbourhood, proximity, and of places where they live and that surround them).


Within the framework of the European Heritage Days 2020 and the activities of the Rome CHL, CooperACTiva, Co-Roma representatives together with the community of the co-district “Alessandrino-Centocelle-Torre Spaccata” (ACT) located in South-East Rome, accompanied the participants along an itinerary to discover the cultural heritage of the district, also thanks to the cooperation the Heritage Community for the Public Park of Centocelle (CPPC).

The first Heritage Walk route started from Parco Rugantino and then headed towards Casale di Torre Spaccata, an ancient, abandoned farmhouse built in an area rich in Roman archaeological remains, scattered within Torre Spaccata Great Park (“Pratone di Torre Spaccata”).

Along the route, the last stop led participants to discover the history of the Tower of San Giovanni and its medieval origins.

The itinerary of the second Heritage Walk (postponed to Saturday 10th October due to bad weather) led participants to discover the Archaeological Park of Centocelle and its history.

Starting from the car park in Via Casilina and along a route about 2.3 km long, the events and testimonies of the Park have been narrated to participants: from the rural villas of Roman times that re-emerged during the archaeological excavations carried out between the end of the nineties and the first two thousand, to the “first flight” of Wright on the runway inside the Park. The walk was an excellent opportunity to make known the traditions and events that characterize the area, even to citizens who do not live in the area, handing down its cultural values for the benefit of all participants.


Starting from October 2020 were held a series of online workshops on the management of art projects related to visual art organized by Co-Roma, in collaboration with CooperACTiva, with the support of Sarteria, a cultural start-up for the promotion of artistic, historical, environmental, literary and cultural heritage and Luiss-LabGov.City.
The capacity building process was part of the activities of the Rome CHL and aimed at activating digital workshops that are going to lead to the creation and implementation of a shared and co-designed artistic exhibition (Living Memory Exhibition) between artists, experts in the field which will be involved in the various sessions, and the community. During each session, the fundamental phases of the artistic project design and management cycle were shown and experimented with:fundraising, also through digital platforms, projects’ governance, and co-design of a public art work to be created for the exhibition, together with the community.

The capacity building was aimed at co-designing some artistic public artworks to be realized in the Alessandrino-Centocelle-Torre Spaccata (ACT) district and linked to other artistic-creative-cultural activities already planned and ongoing thanks to other projects started in the area.


During the spring, the community took action to plan and organize a series of heritage walks for the spring-summer period in order to promote the principles of the Faro Convention, and actively participate in the initiatives of the Faro Community Network. Through the neighbourhood cooperative (CooperACTiva) and its members the Collaboratory designed and scheduled a series of guided tours in the Centocelle Archaeological Park’s. The tours – which started in May 2021 and will be going on until September – were designed to explore different points of cultural interest for different target groups (families, children, other etc.). The developed paths let visitors discover the hidden cultural gems of the Torre Spaccata and Alessandrino districts.


The first heritage walks were held in May and continued through the month of June 2021. Both the neighbourhoods’ inhabitants and others of the city of Rome joined. This is all the more important, as in June, trips were still restricted, even between different Italian regions and from abroad. Despite these restrictions – while the number of participants even for outdoor initiatives – the community was able to organize different routes and achieve a high level of participation. In most cases the walks organized were free of charge. The inspirational idea behind the initiatives was to test if and how these experimentations were useful for the neighbourhood cooperative’s business activities in the forthcoming future.


While co-creating the Living Memory Exhibition’s communication campaign and the Lab’s Local Action Campaign, several online sessions were held during the spring. Members of the neighbourhood cooperative proposed to coordinate the Collaboratory’s activities with those planned for the 100th anniversary of the Centocelle neighbourhood’s birth (to be celebrated in 2021). They were working on a unitary communication campaign, which would be able to collect the spirit of all the cultural initiatives that will take place during the summer in Centocelle and its nearest neighbourhoods, providing them with a common narrative. Thus, the initiative “Giornate ACTive del Patrimonio” (i.e., “ACTive Heritage Days”) was born with its logo. The latter was conceived to describe it as a process of cultural and artistic production that will echo within the ACT district.


After a co-design phase completed during the winter 2020, the first artworks to be realized as part of the Living Memory Exhibition activities were planned by the community during the spring. Some of the street artworks that will be part of the ACTive Heritage Days itineraries have been realized in Centocelle between May and June 2021. Another one is due in Torre Spaccata and will be unveiled during the “European Heritage Days”, annually organized by the Council of Europe in September.


The Living Memory Exhibition focused on creating murals. The illustrated map of the neighbourhood was entrusted to the street artist CROMA who was able to reinterpret the area of Centocelle through its people and activities: the bicycle workshop, the yellow train, the drawing of a sheep right where the burned bookstore was, and again the historic streetcar 19, the partisan history, the market, the aggregative spaces, the Roman aqueduct and the C metro. A map without streets but made of stories and symbolic places drawn on an entire wall right at the entrance to the neighbourhood, at the intersection of Via Prenestina and Via Tor de’ Schiavi.


The workshop’s objective was to define the content and design of the final artwork of the Living Memory Exhibition. The activity was hosted by the Istituto Comprensivo Montinaro in Torre Spaccata and involved its young students. The pivotal points guiding the initiative were based on Elinor Ostrom’s approach on the governance of the commons, the principle of solidarity and civic collaboration referred to in the Italian Constitution in Article 2, the Agenda 2030 goal on sustainable cities and communities (SDG11), and the recognition of heritage communities operated by the Council of Europe’s Faro Convention, the future generations (Art. 9 of the Italian Constitution). However, all these were simplified to fit the needs of the workshop’s participants.
The outcome was a calligram depicting the above principles and inspired by the students. The birds depicted are of different species, all, however, are linked by a common thread to the same destiny as the institutional, civic, social, cognitive, and economic actors who must contribute to the sustainable development of the city: flying together to progress toward a future still a harbinger of prosperity for humanity and the planet. This was an important lesson for the children and young people who attend the school and thus are today’s and tomorrow’s inhabitants of the neighbourhood.
The birds are constructed through the words of a poem by “Er Pinto,” a street poet whose art has become a recognizable mark of contemporary Rome.
 “Tra gli amici e la natura,
per le strade in libertà,
si vola tutti assieme
verso la felicità” (Er Pinto).


The Luiss LabGov team presented the Rome Collaboratories experience to the local network of stakeholders linked by the Parish of the st. Bonaventure “Giovanni Paolo II”. This occasion was instrumental in highlighting the relations established with local anchor institutions such as the School Antonio Montinaro in Torre Spaccata. The Rome Collaboratory supports the School in strengthening the openness of its activities and level of experimentation. Urban experimentation inspired the School during creating its new program “Officinae”, through which students and families will be involved in outdoor activities in the ACT district for engaged and creative learning about local heritage.
The presence of anchor institutions and municipal representatives was a useful reminder about the need for an enabling public sector for the sustainability of local community-based actions.


The new release of the Co-Roma platform (, was produced by the OpenHeritage project. It builds on the first functionality, which was already present in the old version of Co-Rome, namely the mapping of projects, resources, and activities that can be defined as cultural, environmental, and cognitive commons in the territory of Rome.

Impact evaluation is also included in the platform, which uses automated questionnaires for ex-ante, in itinere and ex-post evaluation. The evaluation scheme used is the result of the past experience of the Luiss research group / LabGov, and applies a multidimensional impact indicator (Territorial, Local and Urban Impact, Environmental Impact, Socio-economic Impact, Socio-sanitary Impact, Technological and Digital Impact).


Open and Common Heritage | Cultural places as spaces of Innovation for sustainable and inclusive urban development – Rugantino library, Rome.

The national workshop focused on the potential of the urban commons to produce new values around tangible and intangible heritage.

The workshop explored three main topics:

  • How to Promote Sustainable Urban Innovation through Culture (a roundtable discussion featuring dialogue between different policymakers and stakeholders to understand how public policies can promote culture from a sustainable development perspective). Reference has been made to policies being implemented in the city of Rome made operational through investments for example related to the PNRR;
  • Culture as a tool for sustainable and inclusive development;
  • Public and Private Finance for Sustainable Urban and Cultural Innovation (how investors, both public and private, are contributing and can contribute, to support sustainable urban and cultural innovation projects).

It particularly emphasized cultural heritage, as an enabling tool for the sustainable development of territories, not only through the involvement of local communities but also by offering spaces, skills, tools, and ideas to promote innovation aimed at sustainable development and improving the social and economic conditions of inhabitants and users in vulnerable neighbourhoods. A crucial challenge for cultural heritage studies concerns the investigation of how to direct institutions to widely experiment with different approaches in managing urban commons (Elinor Ostrom – Nobel Prize in Economics in 1990; Co-Cities, Foster & Iaione 2022, MIT Press) in synergy with local actors (the so-called quintuple helix consisting of public, private, cognitive, social, civic actors) to increase their sustainability over time. New strategies such as adaptive reuse projects and innovative legal-organizational tools such as public-private-community partnerships (PPCPs) stimulate public authorities to make their application more widespread and help enable an entrepreneurial spirit already inherent in many local communities. In this framework, the Luiss LabGov research group’s contribution to the European Horizon 2020 project “Open Heritage” is the result of a field experiment that began in 2014 and merged in 2018 through participation in the project itself into a wider European network with the aim of investigating the conditions for activating commons institutions and heritage communities (heritage communities) as a driver for inclusive economic development at the neighbourhood/district level, while regenerating tangible and intangible cultural heritage.