City’s administration and backing up social innovation

Collaboration with citizens to realize potential benefits deriving from practices of social innovation is an emerging challenge for European cities. Examples are increasing in number day after day, and the growth is so consistent that is almost impossible to get in line with it. What is rather possible, and in a way desirable, is to […]

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Sharing economy: challenges and opportunities of a non-traditional business model

According to Google it was in 2009 when someone typed for the first time the term “sharing economy. It goes without saying that things have changed in these 6 years, and now, knowingly or less, everyone is aware of this non-traditional business model. A recent study published by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research, is […]

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Subsidiarity, urban regeneration and car-pooling: some interesting aspects of Pope Francis’ last encyclical

“Praise be to you, my lord” is the recently published encyclical written by Pope Francis. The sub-title is “on care for our common home”. “Care” and “common” made a ring bell here at LabGov, so we decided to take our time to read the text carefully and critically in order to understand the point of […]

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Make City – a festival of architecture and urban alternatives

Berlin 11th-28th June 2015. The German capital is the venue of the first “Make City Festival – Re-sourcing the Urban”. The goal is trying to imagine the urban landscape of the future, and moreover, how to discover and optimize our resources. The Festival brings together over 100 founding partners, among them: architects, designers, developers, civic […]

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Artistic Urban Commons or re-thinking art in urban spaces

Cities are fundamental sites of creativity and art. It has always been like that. However, the recent waves of privatization and over-legislation, especially from the ‘80s onwards , have drastically reduced the spaces for that very same creativity and art. London, as emerged in the Guardian’s article is possibly the biggest example we have in […]

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Rome, 21-24 May, 2015: The Biennial of Public Space

The city of Rome will host on May 21-24, the “Biennial of Public Space”, at the headquarter of the department of Architecture (University of RomaTre). The event, promoted by the Public Administration, the University and many associations of citizens has one goal: comparing experiences, best practices and future challenges in the field of social innovation. […]

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