Source: Torino Flash, http://www.torinoflash.it/co-city-proposta-comune-urban-innovative-action/
||Regeneration, urban commons, participation, co-governance
|Year of beginning
||The city of Turin has a long-lasting experience in the field of urban regeneration and redevelopment and, in the last 15 years, it has been working to implement a set of policies, tools and frameworks in order to manage the city’s transformation. Turin’s awareness of the importance of regeneration was stimulated by the need to deal with the existence in the area of numerous abandoned industrial buildings, which called for a re-thinking of the city’s identity. At the same time, the Administration had to face a security crisis in different central neighborhoods. These two elements, together with the availability of resources thanks to the Organization of the Olympic games in 2006, led to broad investments in urban regeneration and in projects aiming at reinforcing the city’s social structure.
More recent developments saw the adoption in January 2016 of the “Regulation on collaboration between citizens and the Administration for the care, shared management and regeneration of the urban commons” (inspired by the Bologna Regulation), an instrument allowing for a deeper involvement of all urban actors (citizens and civil society but also private actors and knowledge institutions) in the care and regeneration of urban commons.
Additionally, the city has recently been included between the 18 winners of the first UIA (Urban innovative Action) competition, which resulted in a 4.1 million financing from the EU Commission to the CO-City project, proposed by the City administration in collaboration with Turin’s University, ANCI and the Foundation Cascina Roccafranca. The project takes as its starting point the Regulation on the commons, and adopts the collaboration pacts as an instrument to foster collaboration between citizens and local administration. The project addresses the challenge of regenerating the most deprived city’s neighborhood and fighting social exclusion. It aims at transforming abandoned buildings and vacant land into hubs of residents’ participation, in order to foster community spirit and to create social enterprises, reducing in this way unemployment and urban poverty. The commons will be entrusted to the care and management of citizens through forms of active participation, supported by the Case di Quartiere (Neighborhood Houses) network. The project will adopt digital instruments such as First Life, a platform developed by the University with the aim of facilitating citizens’ involvement and mapping community projects.
||Co-City Torino, Italy. Source: Urban Innovative Action http://www.uia-initiative.eu/fr/uia-cities/turin; Regolamento sulla collaborazione tra cittadini e amministrazione per la cura, la gestione condivida e la rigenerazione dei bei comuni urbani. http://www.comune.torino.it/benicomuni/bm~doc/regolamento-beni-comuniurbani-n_375.pdf