In this interview, conducted in Trento in February 2016 by Urban Next, Professor Christian Iaione speaks about the importance of developing a scientific and methodological protocol allowing for the creation of Co-Cities, based on the idea of the city as a commons. The video originally appeared on Urban Next’s official website.
A Co-City is characterized by “urban co-governance, which implies shared, collaborative, polycentric governance of the urban commons and in which environmental, cultural, knowledge and digital urban resources are co-managed through contractual or institutionalized public-private-community partnerships”.
The Co-City protocol aims at drawing a series of design principles which can be used to develop forms of collaborative governance in our cities. Such principles, which strive for being universal, will need to be adapted to the peculiarities of the context in which we are operating in order to result in the most suitable form of governance. The protocol envisages 5 phases: mapping, practicing, prototyping, testing and evaluating.
LabGov has recently launched the Co-city platform, through which city users and practitioners can become part of the network, discover the different forms of collaborative governance which are emerging all over the world and begin applying the design principles to other cities, in order to develop commons-based governance systems.