A new guidebook for community involvement in heritage management

“Heritage is only relevant, when it is relevant for the people”. The Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC), founded in 1993, gathers 280 cities hosting sites included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Its aims are “to favor the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, to encourage co-operation and the exchange of information and expertise on […]

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Sharing and cooperative practices for local sustainable development: the urban village communities in Seoul. The case of the Sungmisan Village.

In Seoul the village movement is exploding as a form for a sustainable local development and a model for commons-based services for the neighborhood. To solve problems like poverty, imbalance between the poor and the rich and between the rural and the urban, as well as social injustice, social exclusion and marginalization, the Seoul Metropolitan […]

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A Call for best policies and practices by EUCANET

EUCANET, the European Agencies Network for citizenship, inclusion, involvement and empowerment of communities through the urban transformation process, is launching a call for best policies and practices. EUCANET is co-founded by the Europe for Citizens Programme and it involves five partners from four countries: Urban Center Metropolitano Torino and Urban Center Bologna from Italy, City of […]

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Towards the transportation reform: a chance for a more integrated and sustainable urban mobility system?

  The advent of online platforms and new technologies is breaking down traditional axes of both social interaction and commercial power, shifting the structure of traditional services[1]. The platform revolution is radically transforming an array of many sectors, like transportation, accommodations and personal services[2]. It can be considered as a pervasive innovation, which facilitates direct […]

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In Poland the 4th International Conference on Urban and Regional Economics

The conference “Contemporary Urban Policy – European Perspective” will take place at the University of Economics in Katowice, 12-13 October 2017, thanks to the organization of the Department of Spatial and Environmental Economics. The focus will be on urban policy, urban governance and collaborative planning. The meeting will bring together academics, policymakers and practitioners to […]

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The Right to the Co-City

Christian Iaione, LabGov Faculty Director, published a new study “The Right To the Co-city” on the Italian Journal of Public Law, Volume 9, Issue 1, 2017, p. 80. This study is an effort to contribute to the current urban studies debate on the way to conceptualize the city by advancing a rights-based approach and to […]

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Omnia Sunt Communia

Omnia Sunt Communia. On the Commons and the Transformation to Postcapitalism is a new book written by Massimo De Angelis, a professor of political economy at the University of East London and founder and editor of the web journal The Commoner. The expression “omnia sunt communia” means “all things in common” and is a Latin […]

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A crowdfunding campaign for the acquisition of the Casa del Pescatore “Bene Comune”

Credits: picture from http://www.innesto.org     On the sides of the Endine Lake there is a real estate called “la Casa del Pescatore”, one of the access points to the Cavallina Valley providing services to tourists wanting to visit the area. The Casa has been managed for 16 years by a social cooperative, L’Innesto, on behalf of the Mountain […]

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The Port of Capri as the first public-commons partnership

Credits: picture from www.portoturisticodicapri.com     The decision of the Regional Administrative Court of Lazio no 874, issued on July 26th 2017, confirmed the legitimacy of the action taken by the City of Capri to buy-back from Invitalia, a State-owned company, the 49% of the shares of the company managing the Touristic Port of Capri. The Touristic […]

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