The City as a Commons: Designing and Governing the City as a Common Resource?

The City as a Commons: Designing and Governing the City as a Common Resource?

Sito genericaThe Open Collaboration Pact between the Municipality of Bologna and Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna has been agreed! The pact aimes at re-conceiving urban spaces as a common resource for communities. . The Open collaboration pact is the first step in the process (towards) CO-Bologna, the public policy launched by the city during the Civic collaboration fest in may 2015, during the celebration for the first year since the approval of the“Regulation on the collaboration among citizens and administration for the care and regeneration of urban commons”. All those efforts aims at installing collaboration as a structural methodology to run the city as a collaborative commons.

Bologna, the first city in Italy to conduct collaborative governance experimentation, will host the 1st IASC Conference, named “The City as a Commons: Reconceiving Urban Space, Common Goods And City Governance” is coming! The conference is organized by LabGov in collaboration with Fordham University of New York and ICEDD, the International center for democracy and democratization.The Conference will be held in Bologna, on November 6-7 2015. The conference will be co-chaired by Professor Christian Iaione (UniMarconi University and LUISS Guido Carli) and Professor Sheila Foster (Fordham University).

In the track “Designing and governing the city as a commons” all issues about institutional design for urban commons will be faced, and scholars and practicioners will discuss, asking questions and comparing possible solutions. Are there specific model to run the city as a commons? The decline of public financing and cyclical real estate and fiscal crises, result of the Leviathan-state governance model, have forced cities to struggle to prevent urban shrinking or gentrification processes, as well as to support and maintain shared resources and common goods or regulate urban development to keep cities as a fair, just, diverse, human flourishing and creative environment. Out of the public-private management dichotomy, are there other models to design or re-design urban settlements and other governance solutions to manage cities themselves as not just market-friendly, but also as human-friendly urban collaborative commons?

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