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Identifying core elements of these diverse efforts, Sheila R.Foster and Chrstian Iaione develop a framework for understanding how certain initiatives position local communities as key actors in the production, delivery, and management of urban assets or local resources. Within this framework, they explain the forms such initiatives increasingly take, like community land trusts, new kinds of co-housing, neighborhood cooperatives, community-shared broadband and energy networks, and new local offices focused on citizen science and civic imagination.

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The Co-City Design Principles

The Co-City Design Principles

The Co-city approach has been formulated at this stage considering the various developmental phases it has been through in each chapter and the cases that have been analyzed in different cities. The most recent chapter dubbed Urban Co-governance illustrated the 5P’s...

Community-led Solid Waste Management, Koregaon Bhima -India

Community-led Solid Waste Management, Koregaon Bhima -India

The non-profit CHF India has been operating in India for roughly 11 years. The organization primarily works with urban poor areas in several cities, enlisting locals in participatory waste management and sanitation initiatives. A business entity approached CHF for...

Farmacia popular de Valparaiso – Chile

Farmacia popular de Valparaiso – Chile

The case study is about the city of Valparaiso, Chile (South America), which covers an area of 402 square kilometres and has approximately 253 580 residents (as of 2012). Following the election of Jorge Sharp as mayor of the City in December 2016, a project started in...

The Case of Beirut Madinati of Lebanon

The Case of Beirut Madinati of Lebanon

In the wake of a severe crisis that engulfed downtown Beirut in 2015, a group of passionate academics from the American University in Beirut initiated a movement that would change the face of Lebanese politics forever, Thus, Beirut Madinati (BM) was born, a political...

Atelier de l’Observatoire in Morocco

Atelier de l’Observatoire in Morocco

Atelier Observatoire is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2012 purposely as a place for art and research. The intent is to develop participative projects and support the creation of the Moroccan population. The idea is to bring artists, students,...

Urban Co-Governance

Urban Co-Governance

As the previous chapter exposed us to the policies and regulatory instruments to enhance the city collectively and provided clear examples of cities that have learned from the Reggio Emilia Regulation which also brought forth Co-Bologna, this chapter seeks to build...

Club Cultural Matienzo (Buenos Aires, RA)

Club Cultural Matienzo (Buenos Aires, RA)

The Club Cultural Matienzo (CCM), initiated in 2008 is a space and a worker-managed cooperative (a hybrid between cooperative and private entrepreneurship) developed by the Matienzo team in the city of Buenos Aires in Argentina. This project was founded by 5 friends...

The City as a Commons 

The City as a Commons 

This chapter looks at how public policies have developed in a few places that allow both public and private players to jointly or cooperatively generate and then manage shared urban resources across the city. It gives varying definitions of collaboration and how much...

The Urban Commons

The Urban Commons

The second chapter of the Co-city book is initiated by recalling Elinor Ostrom’s revolutionary studies of natural resource commons (Ostrom 1990), posing the question: Are there groups of residents and/or resource users who are willing and able to organize themselves,...

Foster & Iaione Probe Commoning in the City

Foster & Iaione Probe Commoning in the City

Sheila R. Foster and Christian Iaione have been recently guests of David Bollier on his podcast “Frontiers of Commoning” (episode 37). The interview was an opportunity to present their last publication, “Co-Cities: Innovative Transitions Toward Just and...

Professor Christian Iaione’s interview for Euractiv

Professor Christian Iaione’s interview for Euractiv

“Co-management city assets to improve the quality of democracy” – included within the report “A look at democratic experiments across Europe.” Luiss professor Iaione calls “administrative collaborative democracy” the idea to establish civic collaborations with local...

Urban sustainable development and innovation partnerships

Urban sustainable development and innovation partnerships

This article discusses the concept of Urban Sustainable Development and Innovation Partnerships (USDIPs) as a tool for designing and managing policy experiments in cities to accelerate technological and ecological transitions while ensuring accountability and equality...

SlogLaw: Co-Cities: A Journey Through Urban Time and Space

SlogLaw: Co-Cities: A Journey Through Urban Time and Space

Many scholars, experts, authors and policymakers have expressed their opinions about Cities and Urbanism today on Sloglaw. Amnon Lehavi, Professor of Law at the Harry Ledzyner Law School, Reichman University also shares his thought-provoking opinions on Sloglaw about...

Re-thinking the City   

Re-thinking the City   

What key principles underpin a Co-city model of urban governance, and how can they be applied to promote more collaborative and inclusive approaches to urban planning and development? Following our previous discussion which introduced the book, this session brings us...

The Co-cities book. So the story begins

The Co-cities book. So the story begins

How can the recognition of the fundamental right to collective action of city inhabitants and local communities foster the sustainable development of cities and urban innovation thereby promoting social inclusion, environmental sustainability, and prosperity?  ...