The Possibility of a CO-City – Interview with Christian Iaione by Anne de Zeeuw and Michiel Hulshof for New Europe, Cities in Transition. 17 November 2016

The Possibility of a CO-City – Interview with Christian Iaione by Anne de Zeeuw and Michiel Hulshof for New Europe, Cities in Transition. 17 November 2016

“Citizens should not just be involved, but they should be driving the process, being the managers.”

What does the rise of bottom-up initiatives mean for our current welfare state? Does it provide a way out of the growing dichotomy between active citizens and non-active citizens?

Professor Christian Iaione (LUISS University, Rome) talks about the idea of a ‘co-city’ – cognitive, collaborative city – which has been implemented in Bologna’s administration.

 

Read the full interview here.

The Co-City: From the Tragedy to the Comedy of the Urban Commons – Sheila Foster, Washington, DC.  The Nature of Cities, 2 November 2016

The Co-City: From the Tragedy to the Comedy of the Urban Commons – Sheila Foster, Washington, DC. The Nature of Cities, 2 November 2016

“When widely and intensely shared urban resources increase solidarity and generative potential, they can invert the tragedy of the commons paradigm.”

The article “The Co-City: From the Tragedy to the Comedy of the Urban Commons” by Sheila Foster published in The Nature of Cities, on 2 November 2016 analyses the concept of “urban commons” increasingly embraced by scholars, activists, citymakers, policymakers, and politicians. Taking reference from the essay “The Tragedy of the Commons” by Garret Hardin, the author investigates how the concept of the commons changed once applied to the urban context, acquiring new meanings and transformative potential. The article investigates the difference between natural resources (traditional commons) and urban commons, and analyses different forms of management and governance of common goods in cities in line with the Bologna regulation – and the related co-city protocol designed by LabGov – that defines “urban commons” as following:

“Urban commons: the goods, tangible, intangible, and digital, that citizens and the Administration, [through] participative and deliberative procedures, recognize to be functional to the individual and collective wellbeing…to share the responsibility with the Administration of their care or regeneration in order to improve [their] collective enjoyment”

Read the full article here.

Interview with Christian Iaione: Developing the Co-City Protocol by Urban Next. February 2016

Interview with Christian Iaione: Developing the Co-City Protocol by Urban Next. February 2016

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.

Christian Iaione | Developing Protocols for the City of Commons from urbanNext on Vimeo.