Messina – Messina Laboratory for the commons

Via G. Garibaldi, 98122 Messina ME, Italy

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Country Italy
City Messina
Messina Laboratory for the commons (Civic Uses for the Commons)
Date 2014
Description of the project Inspired by other commons initiatives like the one in Naples, the City of Messina has passed some resolutions to transform urban spaces in the City of Messica through the use of the principle of “civic uses” for urban commons, with the aim of appropriating spaces and buildings for the common good and for the organization of cultural, artistic, and social activities.

The city has thus embarked in a process of widening of the forms of citizen participation in the administrative choices of the municipal democracies. The aim is to build a shared administration model for the maintenance, management and development of urban commons.

Within this purpose, the first step has been moved with the resolution of January 30th, 2014, with which the Municipal Council of Messina created the “Messina Lab for the commons and the participated institutions”. The resolution sets out the objectives the Lab will have to pursue in carrying out its activities, highlighting the intent of implementing new, more transparent and more democratic forms of urban governance.

During its first six months of activity, the Lab carried out its duties by elaborating a Regulation for the shared use of the commons of the city of Messina and those goods that are subject to the principle of civic subsidiarity. It created new communication spaces, canalized proposals from below, and offered a space to start elaborative processes of cooperation.

Moreover, on March 24th, 2015, the Assessor on self-management of commons formulated a proposal aimed to identify the criteria for the implementation of shared use and granting of use of immovable goods of Municipal property.
Alongside the initiatives mentioned, there were many other attempts to achieve an increase in efficiency in the management of goods identified as common goods – think about the regulation for the assignment and management of the urban gardens for organic cultivation, put in place by the same Department of the Environment of Messina.

Urban Co-Governance Moderate
Enabling State Strong
Pooling Weak
Experimentalism Moderate
Tech Justice N/A
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References, sources, contact person(s) Website,
Article: Ialacqua, D., “Partecipazione e beni comuni” Report 2013-2016, Comune di Messina, Laboratorio per i beni comuni e le istituzioni partecipateContact :

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