The first workshop of the Urban Clinic LabGov EDU in Luiss University was dedicated to urban planning. It took place in Luiss Campus on Friday 22nd February 2019.

Arch. Massimo Alvisi from AlvisiKirimoto gave a lecture on this theme. He has started his lecture by saying to the Labgovers that a very crucial and actual issue and at the same time challenge for the cities is the shift that has to be done from conceiving the differences from the city center to the peripheries. He has affirmed that we have to try to imagine the periphery as a horizon, as a limit to which to aim. We have, in his words, to reverse the common storytelling of the peripheries, by making it a place where contamination and meetings happen.

He told the Labgovers that sustainability means beauty and beauty is fragile. Italy is a fragile beauty. It is for this reason that urban planning plays a key role in fostering the sustainability of our cities. It does so by protecting the beauty from its fragility.

Arch. Alvisi has then focused his attention to his personal professional experience, and has narrated to the Labgovers his work with the working group G124, created by the Italian ‘archi-star’ Renzo Piano[1]. Renzo Piano gives his whole salary deriving from its role as an Italian congressman to this project (in facts, the name derives from the name of the building where G124 works, that is palazzo Giustiniani). The working group creates projects aimed toimprove the peripheries’ architecture. With G124, Luiss and LabGov he has realized the Co-Battipaglia project[2], in southern Italy. In this project they have implemented a participated urban planning and a process of co-created regeneration of the city.