Costa Rica urban exercises: promotion of the commons, and the right to the city

[…]the concentration of people and events in time and space is a prerequisite to make anything happen, but more importantly are what activities are allowed to develop […] In Life between buildings[1] are outlined the applications that must exist in the architectural proposals, so that human being begins to appropriate them. By extrapolating this analysis […]

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Can Wi-Fi Community save the world?

In today’s connected world, access to the internet should be an essential service, like water or electricity. And just like water and electricity, it should be available to everyone, regardless of circumstance. Building entirely new networks, cities, supported by internet service providers and mobile carriers is good but it would be better if you are […]

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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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Funding the Cooperative City. New models for community spaces – Rome, May 5-7

On May 5-7 Rome will host “Funding the Cooperative City. New models for community spaces“. The workshop is organized by Eutropian, a planning, policy and research organization helping urban regeneration processes, together with many institutional and private partners. The event aims at discovering new economic models for community-led urban development through experiences and initiatives from […]

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UrbanMeta, Eutropian and an Advice from the Research

UrbanMeta represents a large part of the Venetian civil society and stakeholders of the building sector. This network includes economic groups, professionals, universities, trade unions, builders and environmentalists. These actors have decided to be a part of a worktable to face the issues of the government of the area and the land consumption in a […]

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WiFi & Digital Divide

How many times have we heard about the “digital divide” problem in our country? To address this issue, it is necessary to make some clarifications. Telecommunications networks are divided into access networks and transport networks; the first related to a connection of individual users within a specific area (for example, a town of small or medium […]

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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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Do you think that you have the right skills to govern? Test your abilities!

According to a dictionary definition, cities are originally considered as any settlement where inhabitants decide to establish a community. In its simplicity, a city is an elaborate organization with fixed boundaries and certain powers of government over a densely populated area of citizens. Ideally there are pertaining characteristics or belongings to a city, which are […]

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