The CO-Cities Series

All over the world, cities are facing multiple and ever-changing challenges, ranging from growing economic inequalities, widespread gentrification and increasing segregation to issues of environmental degradation and scarcity of resources. In the most extreme cases, such challenges are at the origin of a phenomenon defined by the sociologist and economist Saskia Sassen as political, social […]

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Exploring Urban Contradictions in Collaborative Housing at the first International Conference “Contradictions Urbaines”, Paris

On March 28th 2017, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture of Paris – ENSA Paris – hosted the first International Conference Contradictions Urbaines, a one-day event organised by the Laboratoire Ville Urbanisme Environment LAVUE. The event gathered researchers from different fields of study to explore some of the contradictions running through modern cities and metropolitan areas. […]

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Professor Christian Iaione interviewed during the 2016 GSEF meeting

In this interview, recorded during the 3rd Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF) that took place in Montreal from the 5th to 7th of September 2017, Professor Christian Iaione, LabGov’s co-founder, speaks about different topics: from the experiences that are taking place in numerous Italian cities around the urban commons to the importance of creating a stronger network […]

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Agenda RE-CYCLE – Proposte per reinventare la città

Between 1999 and 2012 around 300 million cubic meters of new constructions have been created in Italy. Following the crash of the real estate market in 2007, this construction boom resulted in the presence of an enormous amount of unfinished and unused building in the territories which were hit by the economic crisis. We can […]

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Families and Tribes – A semiotic reading of the business incubation world

  A semiotic reading of the business incubation world, towards a model of collaborative incubation between small ecosystems. This article originally appeared in Italian on Doppiozero.  Since a few years something interesting has been observed around the word “incubation”. Metaphorology scholars define it as “catachresis”. As happens (happened) to the Italian locution “la gamba del […]

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Turin, towards the Co-City!

On Friday the 31st of March 2017, the city of Turin will host an event to launch the project Co-City, developed by ANCI, the City of Turin, Turin University, FirstLife and Rete delle case di Quartiere. The Co-City project, developed within the framework of the European program Urban Innovative Action (UIA), aims at experimenting innovative solutions to regenerate […]

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LabGov in Croatia: “4th Conference on Good Economy” and “Good City for All” Seminar

There is one kind of economy which is good: it is the economy which supports the quality of life of the whole community, creates the abundance of possibilities and opportunities needed to satisfy our needs without hurting others, embraces responsibility and nourishes solidarity. It is the economy which uses and shares the resources fairly, which […]

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A 2-days event in Reggio Emilia to discuss “Social innovation, commons, collaboration models”

On Tuesday the 15th and Wednesday the 16th of March 2017, the city of Reggio Emilia will host the 2-days conference “Social innovation, commons, collaboration models. Cities and local communities development”. The event will bring together experts, policy makers, social innovators and citizens, and will be a valuable occasion to reflect on the transformations that […]

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Preserving Long-Term Housing Affordability while Revitalizing Neighborhoods: the Ascendancy of Community Land Trust

During the last decade, Community Land Trust has been welcomed in many European countries by grassroots movements and policy makers alike as a valuable response to the increasing difficulties that a large portion of the population encountered to get access to decent and affordable housing. When trying to enter the housing market, people often face […]

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