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Innovation in the legal sector, between legal design and legal tech

The legal sector, considered as a system made of codes and laws that are not always easy to read, often interfaces with people's lives. Due to the complexity of bureaucracy and legal language, defined by many authors as an intricate labyrinth of notions, paragraphs...

A reflection on urban vulnerability and housing during COVID19

I believe that Covid-19 has created a new space for talking about our cities, forcing us to reflect on our lives and re-evaluate our priorities. “Should I move to a greener neighborhood? Should I start saving up some money for the future? Maybe I can re-decorate my...

As COVID-19 Proliferates Mayors Take Response Lead, Sometimes in Conflicts with Their Governors

As cities around the world are looking for the best strategy to safely reopen after the lockdown, it is important to take a moment to reflect on what the global pandemic already taught us in terms of local governance. In this article, Professor Sheila Foster offers a...

Urban Informality in Times of Crisis: the Need for More Resilience in Cities

While the focus on how Western cities deal with the Covid-19 crisis dominates our media, it is crucial to also analyse the situation in the Global South. Although the virus is not as widespread in the Southern Hemisphere, according to what we know, some of the poorest...

Short-term rental trends and the global pandemic: “emancipatory catastrophism” in a metamorphosing world

As Ulrich Beck taught us, we live in a metamorphosing world. We are not simply experiencing changes; we are going through a metamorphosis. Even the current global pandemic is part of this metamorphosis, which eradicates all the certainties of modern society; what was...

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The Co-Cities Open Book

The Co-Cities Open Book is the result of years of research and experimentations on the field to investigate new forms of collaborative city-making that are pushing urban areas towards new frontiers of participatory urban governance, inclusive economic growth and...

The Co-City Cycle

The observation and analysis of more than 400 policies and projects enabling co-creation, co- production, and co-governance of urban assets and services in more than 130 cities (www.commoning.city) led us to identify five design principles and a legal and financial...

The Right to the Co-City

Christian Iaione, LabGov Faculty Director, published a new study "The Right To the Co-city" on the Italian Journal of Public Law, Volume 9, Issue 1, 2017, p. 80. This study is an effort to contribute to the current urban studies debate on the way to conceptualize the...

Commons in the political space, for a post capitalist transition – The Interviews

What are relations between commons and politics? In the last few years, the commons have enriched themselves with their entry into political institutions at the level of states, large cities or regions, whether in Bolivia, Ecuador, Spain, Britain, France, Italy, and...

Agenda RE-CYCLE – Proposte per reinventare la città

Between 1999 and 2012 around 300 million cubic meters of new constructions have been created in Italy. Following the crash of the real estate market in 2007, this construction boom resulted in the presence of an enormous amount of unfinished and unused building in the...

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The fifth module of the interdisciplinary Urban Clinic LabGov 2020

The fifth and last workshop and co-working of the Urban Clinic, held on the Luiss Webex Platform, had as guest Joaquin Santuber and Lina Krawietz, Co-founders of the start-up "This Is Legal Design" based in Berlin. After introducing themselves, our guests presented us...

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