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Wednesday, November 15 • 11:35 - 11:50
[EN] Citizens, Communities, Commons. Making the city from the inside

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In fast changing time we are observing a new form of urban planning done by triggering and coordinating several self-standing projects. These projects become, by all means, city-making projects: initiatives with different aims and scale that, interacting with their context and with other projects, impact on the whole city functionalities and identity. 

City-making projects have different social and political motivations and implications. That is, they can produce inequalities, segregation and commodification of the urban commons, or move in the opposite direction, reducing inequalities, creating a diversified and vibrant urban fabric. The projects moving in the first direction – that presently is the dominant ones – are driven by the interests of who considers the city, in all its aspects, as a marketable good (city as commodity).  The second direction is proposed, and shown in its concrete viability, by several cases of social innovation. They are driven by who see the city as a complex living entity, made of people, communities and places, the existence of which is based on a mesh of non-marketable systems (city as commons).
The presentation introduces these themes and discusses the possibility to think and develop projects capable to improve sustainability and resilience at the city or at the neighborhood scales.

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For more than two decades he has been working in the field of design for sustainability. Most recently, his interests have focussed on social innovation, considered as a major driver of sustainable changes. In this perspective he started DESIS: an international network of schools... Read More →

Wednesday November 15, 2017 11:35 - 11:50 CET