Enjoying civic collaboration, #collab_bici!

Enjoying civic collaboration, #collab_bici!

4th Civic Collaboration Day, Save the Date!

On May 4th will take place the civic collaboration day.

This year, as the co-planning sessions for the Local Action Plan of the Rome Collaboratory, (Open Heritage Horizon 2020 project) just ended [1], CooperACTiva will propose an event to valorize cultural heritage and promote civic collaboration whilst involving local actors. CooperACTiva, first community cooperative born within a complex area in Roma along with LUISS/ LabGov support, will indeed organize the “Heritage Walk”, a bike tour through Alessandrino, Centocelle and Torrespaccata neighborhoods. The participants of the #collab_bici will have the opportunity to discover beautiful places, left aside by mainstream touristic tours.

The first part will indeed be dedicated to the visit of the Centocelle archeological Park through which the participants will have the chance explore many little-known places including the Villa della Piscina, Villa ad Duas Lauros and the Runway airport. The tour will then continue and the participants will ride alongside the Tunnel and Osteria located in Centocelle.

This event, aiming to promote cultural heritage through sustainability, will also be part of a series of sustainable initiatives set up during the “Sustainability Festival”, a macro-event organized by the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASVIS) to raise awareness of environmental sustainability. In this context, CooperACTiva is planning another bike tour on May 26.

Follow the #CooperACTion, and stay tuned!

Event organized in collaboration with the Fusolab and Settimo Biciclettari

[1] Latest articles on the Local Action Plan Co-planning process by the Rome Collaboratory:


Urban Clinic LabGov EDU 2019: IV Module

Urban Clinic LabGov EDU 2019: IV Module

Save the date: on 29th and 30th March will take place the fourth module of the Urban Clinic EDU@LabGov in Luiss Guido Carli University. This fourth module is mainly dedicated to ‘Urban Experimentalism’!

On Friday 29th March the workshop will take place in the classroom 305b from 16pm to 18pm in the Luiss Campus.

The Urban Clinic will host dr. Daniela Patti, expert in the urban regeneration and in the collaborative planning and co-founder and manager of Eutropian.org Research & Action (http://eutropian.org/). She will talk about cooperation in cities and successful examples of civic cooperation. In the second part of the workshop, Labgovers will listen to prof. Lorenzo Maria Donini, expert in nutritional principles and food science from La Sapienza University. This will represent an important step in the development of the digital platform that Labgovers have designed in order to raise awareness towards the importance of food, sport and agriculture for individual and collective well-being.

On Saturday 30th March from 10 am to 17 pm in room 310 of the Luiss roman Campus will take place the fourth co-working session. The Urban Clinic will host Vincenzo Maria Capelli, agricultural entrepreneur of the gardens and boating champion from Confagricoltura. He will talk to the Labgovers about his professional experience and the connection between urban agriculture, sport, entrepreneurship. The co-working session will be moderated from Alexander Piperno, PhD Luiss in economics and from the team of EDU@LabGov to support the students in order to add new wedges to the idea that they are developing and to strengthen the sustainability model.

Stay Tuned!

Urban Clinic LabGov EDU 2019 1st community gardening session

Urban Clinic LabGov EDU 2019 1st community gardening session

Save the date: next Saturday, 9th March we will host the first EDU@LabGov community gardening session in Luiss Community Garden from 10 am to 12am.

The LabGovers will work with recycled materials in order to build a prototype that they will install in Luiss and in the city of Rome. If you are interested in following their work, follow our official social network!

During the community gardening session, the LabGovers will put into practice what they are learning during the forms in the classroom therefore it will represent ahead important footstep in the realization of their project.

The assisted gardening is not only a didactic moment but an activity of practical collaborative among the boundaries of the University Luiss Guido Carli, that then the students will experiment on the field in the city of Rome.

Stay tuned!

Save the date: Sabato 9 marzo si terrà il primo community gardening della Clinica Urbana EDU@LabGov presso l’#OrtoLuiss dalle 10:00 alle 12:00.

Durante la sessione di community gardening i LabGovers, divisi dapprima in quattro gruppi sulle diverse aree di lavoro, dovranno presentare i dati raccolti nel corso della settimana e iniziare a dar forma al loro progetto. Inizieranno quindi un laboratorio di auto-costruzione che, tramite l’utilizzo di materiali riciclati, li porterà a realizzare un prototipo che installeranno nella città di Roma. Se volete saperne di più rimanete connessi ai nostri account social ufficiali quel giorno!

L’obiettivo è mettere in pratica ciò che gli studenti stanno apprendendo durante i moduli in aula, quindi rappresenterà un importante passo avanti nella realizzazione della loro idea.

Il gardening assistito non è solo un momento didattico ma un’attività di pratica collaborativa tra le mura dell’Università Luiss Guido Carli, che poi gli studenti sperimenteranno sul campo nella città di Roma.

Restate Connessi!

A collection of city-stories around the world

A collection of city-stories around the world

🎉☀️IT’S FRIDAY and you are just in time to catch up on the latest news from #cities around the world!

The LabGov team has collected for you some interesting urban stories from cities like Olinda, Lagos and Los Angeles!

Check out our weekly recap on the #UrbanMediaLab and get updated on what has been happening around the world before you start your weekend.

Is there a “concrete” architectural solution?

Concrete is one of the most polluting materials, and is said to release 4-8% of the world’s CO2. That is highly due to the clinker manufacture, part of the cement-making process. The latter also necessitates up to 10th % of the world’s industrial water use. Compiling examples of historical urban uses of concrete, the article traces the economic and architectural structural changes that should be operated as well as the change in mindset to achieve a more sustainable and viable development model.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/feb/25/concrete-the-most-destructive-material-on-earth

A brief drawing History of Lagos

From a fisher village to skyscrapers and shaped musical movement and music giant as Fela Kuty, Lagos has also proved to be a resilient city. Through a colourful cartoon, Tayo Fatunla pays tribute to the most populated Nigerian city.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/feb/22/afrobeat-and-traffic-choked-streets-in-indestructible-lagos-a-cartoon

Smart technological tools to tackle city issues

A short infographics on technological-based ideas to address the main city challenges; amongst which homelessness, pollution, and health.

Camarotização – Carnaval in Olinda, Brazil

This article illustrates how the carnaval in the city of Olinda in Brazil triggers social and spatial separation through the privatization of paying premises, in the so-called camarotização process,named after the term camarotes, which,means cabin. This process, linked to the American concept of skyboxification (M.Sandel) participates to the  “gourmetização do espaço”,  i.e economic-led separation and differenciation of spaces, that fuels socio-economic categorizations and discriminations.
Article in Portuguese

https://www.nexojornal.com.br/expresso/2019/02/28/A-%E2%80%98camarotiza%C3%A7%C3%A3o%E2%80%99-do-carnaval.-E-como-ela-se-manifesta-em-Olinda

Cities at war

Chronological presentation of cities photographs ravaged by war, or still at war.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/gallery/2018/jan/29/century-cities-war-london-beirut-baghdad-in-pictures

A new life for used coffee grounds

It takes more than 20 years for a cup of coffee to decompose. Kaffeform, a german start-up found a new way of creating coffee cups using old coffee grounds, wood and biological binders and thus proposing a reusable solution.

Art boom in Los Angeles

Written as a short story on the museums in Los Angeles by a New Yorker, the article sets the explanatory factors of the evolution of Los Angeles museums, making as well, an historical parallel with the city development and city artistic movements.

New Applications to help women address sexual harassment

SafetiPin and Harassmap are two technological tools created to support women facing sexual harassment in public spaces.

https://www.courrierinternational.com/article/harcelement-deux-applis-qui-rendent-les-villes-plus-sures-pour-les-femmes

Housing crisis in Canada

Natives canadians especially from the First Nation reserve are asking for property rights. Facing housing shortages, poor living conditions, poor health, indigenous people are urging the government for solutions since their current absence of ownership implies no asset and therefore no mortgage. However, if one solution could be abolishing 1876 Indian Act to enable private land ownership, this remains subject to criticism, among the Indigenous people notably. Some of them are trying to create new models of private homes ownership.

https://www.citylab.com/equity/2019/03/first-nations-canada-indigenous-housing-rights-landowners/583786/

Assets confiscation to combat organized criminality

Assets confiscation to combat organized criminality

Nowadays, we are witnessing an ever-changing[1] evolution of ordinary citizens’ position. Individuals and groups are no longer mere beneficiaries of administrative acts and procedures but – in a way – parts of them. In this very context, the regeneration of urban commons can be located, not only in renewal purposes, but as well in the involvement of city inhabitants. More specifically, urban regeneration is described[2] as «the recycling, transformation and innovation process of urban commons», contributing to promoting “urban creativity”, with the aim of ensuring and improving quality and accessibility.

Particularly, this writing wants to tackle the problem of “final use” of confiscated urban assets which are in a state of disrepair and neglect.

Before getting into the issue in question, it is necessary to clarify the meaning of confisca and “urban commons”.

In the Italian legal system, the antimafia confisca is a preventative property measure, introduced in 1965 and currently regulated by the so called Antimafia Code[3].

According to code provisions, in order to apply antimafia confisca two elements are required.

Starting from the subjective element, the individual who acquires the relevant asset must be recognized as “socially dangerous” at the moment of acquisition, irrespective of whether such status ceases or the person dies.

There are two objective elements: direct or indirect accessibility by the individual to the asset and existence of sufficient evidence in relation to the unlawful origin of the confiscated asset (such as the disproportion between the asset’s value and the income declared by the individual for tax purposes, as established by the legislator).

On the other hand, the “urban common assets” are generally defined[4] as «material, intangible and digital assets recognized by citizens and Public Administration as useful for individual and collective well-being.»

In the light of the foregoing, considering that confiscated assets are (usually) private assets which can be classified as “urban commons”, ordinary citizens’ involvement to administrative acts can be applied and procedures can play a role.

Pursuant to what discussed above, if it is true that private assets (both real estate and companies) can be classified as “urban commons”, the question is: Is it possible to apply the same art. 190, Codice dei contratti pubblici to confiscated assets so that they could be subject to the contract on social partnership and its procedure?

Art. 190, Codice dei contratti pubblici[5], introduced in the Italian legal system the so-called contract on social partnership, whose criteria and conditions can be defined by local authorities «on the basis of projects presented by individuals or groups as long as with regard to a specific territorial scope.»[6]

As clarified also by Antonella Manzione[7], the contract on social partnership provides for a call for tender where “a competition of ideas” occurs for the final use of common assets. It must be borne in mind, though, that this must happen within the limits established by the Italian Court of Auditors[8], which requires compliance with some elements previously identified by the local authority itself, such as the ratione personae scope.

More precisely, whereby there are “urban common assets” in a state of disrepair and neglect and the local authority intends to ensure their exploitation «through cultural initiatives, urban renewal, restoration and refurbishment for general interest objectives»,[9], it should issue a call for applications and then conclude the contract on social partnership.

Carlo Pezzullo


[1] In this connection, CHITI E., La rigenerazione di spazi e beni pubblici: una nuova funzione amministrativa?, in DI LASCIO F., GIGLIONI F., La rigenerazione di beni e spazi urbani. Contributi al diritto delle città, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2017.

[2] According to art. 2.1, Regolamento del Comune di Bologna.

[3] The d. lgs. 159/2011 as reformed by the Law 161/2017.

[4] According to art. 2.1, Regolamento del Comune di Bologna.

[5] The d. lgs. 50/2016, as revisited by d. lgs. 56/2017.

[6] Art. 190 Codice dei contratti pubblici.

[7] The Italian Consigliera di Stato Antonella Manzione, during a lesson at LUISS Guido Carli with Prof. Christian Iaione, 2018 nov. 20.  

[8] Court of Auditors, sez. reg. Emilia-Romagna, 2016 march 23, n. 27; sez. reg. Lombardia, 2016 sep. 6, n. 225. 

[9] Art. 190 Codice dei contratti pubblici.