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The Dream School – a holistic learning approach

Next to the coastline in Northeast Brazil, close to a mangrove area in the state of Sergipe, lies a beautiful community named Pedra Furada (which means “carved rock”). There, time seemed to have stopped; little houses built with rammed earth by the hands of the local...

The urban agenda for the EU: how cities got a seat at the table of policy-making

In the last thirty years the European Union understood that Member States cannot be left alone in planning urbanization and implement policies addressing urban areas. Over the years, the European Union managed to enact policies concerning cities, even in absence of an...

Torino City Lab: a preview of the new national government agenda?

After the government crisis triggered by Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy's popular far-right party The League, Italy has now a new government in office. For the second time in the Italian institutional history, the Belpaese has a Minister for Innovation and...

Flooding cities: climate risks in the urban age

“Taken as a whole, the range of published evidence indicates that the net damage costs of climate change are likely to be significant and to increase over time” -Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was set up...

Book Review: “Messy Urbanism, Understanding the ‘Other’ Cities of Asia”

Edited by Manish Chalana and Jeffrey Hou   Grasping the complexity of urban life in dense and chaotic city spaces continues to be one of the main puzzles urban planners, sociologists, architects and urban dwellers alike try to solve. The book aims to provide a deeper...

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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 3rd meeting of the City Science Initiative (CSI)

Tuesday, September 24th 2019 in Brussels The City Science Initiative aims to strengthen the ways in which science and research can help address the urban challenges and to develop a structured approach to evidence-informed policy-making at cities' level. The third...

Civic-ness for Social Infrastructure

Luiss University will host the event "Civic-ness for social infrastructure" on September 25th 2019. The conference will take place in the LOFT located in the Luiss campus, Romania 32 and will start at 6pm. Fondazione Italia Sociale and Luiss University have indeed...

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