The Revenge of peripheries: A Masterplan by Renzo Piano

The G124 is a working group lead by the visionary architect and Senator Renzo Piano that works for the re-qualification of the peripheries. The idea to set up a Lab for the requalification of the urban texture was born as a response to the mounting necessity to restore the ghost spaces of the cities, in […]

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A new future lies in the 3d printing technology

From prosthetic limbs to food, everything is printable/possible   The technologies behind the world of 3d printing made huge steps forwards from their first use in the ‘80s by Chuck Hull. Recently there has been a considerable increase of the possible application for such technology, and the results are quite astonishing. 3d printers are used […]

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Bologna Regulation on public collaboration for urban commons

The City of Bologna has just adopted the translation prepared by 2013/2014 LabGov interns as the official English version of the Bologna Regulation on public collaboration between citizens and the city for the care and regeneration of urban commons. The official English version of the Regulation is available here. LabGov interns participated actively to “La città come bene comune” (i.e. “The city as […]

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Sustainable development hand in hand with social inclusion: EU’GO!

Once again the European Union has been the driving force of social innovation, through the so-called Grundtvig Programme. Often underestimated in its innovative and cohesive potential, since 2000 the European Union has regularly funded projects devised at the national level which succeed in providing the adult population “with ways to improve their knowledge and skills, keeping them […]

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GREEN UNIVERSITIES – Sustainable Universities World Ranking

The UI GreenMetric World University Ranking is an initiative of Universitas Indonesia which is being launched in 2010. As part of its strategy of raising its international standing, the University hosted an International Conference on World University Rankings on 16 April 2009. It invited a number of experts on world university rankings. We were aware […]

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Milan, an Italian smart city for Expo2015

2015 is going to begin, and in some cities all over the world, it is possible to live in and to believe in a new concept of “city”, where the concept of “community” plays a great role. These new cities which I am referring to are the so-called smart cities. And they are changing the […]

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International Crowdfunding as a model originally conceived

The international crowdfunding  in 2013 came to 5 billion according to data released in Las Vegas, at the second international convention on the subject, anticipated by Adnkronos, after that in 2012 this mode of raising funds allowed to drain away over Internet $ 2.7 billion which doubled at the end of the year. At the […]

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CO-Mantova as the trigger for a co-cities movement

In Mantua what can become a “Co-Cities” movement moved its first steps. CO-cities as a new urban and local governance model Co-Mantova is a prototype of an institutionalizing process to run cities as a collaborative commons (see Jeremy Rifkin‘s definition) and therefore as “co-cities“. Co-cities should be based on collaborative governance of the commons (inspired by Elinor Ostrom‘s work) whereby […]

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European Mobility Week: Citizens for a new urban mobility culture

Each year from 16 to 22 September, more than 2.000 European cities sign up for European Mobility Week, an annual campaign on sustainable urban mobility financed and supported by the European Commission. Even if political commitment at the local level is an essential requirement to join the initiative, the success of EMW really depends on […]

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