WEBINAR 2: Enabling spaces


In the month of October 2020, SoHoLab organized a series of webinars, aimed at contributing to new ways of approaching, planning and spatially imagining urban regeneration in large-scale social estates. With the webinars, we intended to disseminate the knowledge acquired during three years of research, entering in dialogue with similar practices, while addressing open questions and venues for further research.

Enabling spaces: Promoting local and institutional empowerment

Urban Living Labs are seen as promising approaches to transform and enlarge urban governance in the context of urban regeneration. Acting as “cross-boundary arenas” (Concilio, 2016), they are able to connect stakeholders and relevant actors at different levels. On the one hand, local inhabitants and organizations can play a crucial role in urban governance. Even though territories such as large-scale social estates are often characterized by high levels of socio-economic fragility, at the same time they represent “local tanks” of competences and social resources that often tend to remain invisible. On the other hand, institutions have a crucial role in the “public city” and their participation is essential to allow transformation and change. Yet, they have progressively lost their connection with territories and their inhabitants: they need to regain knowledge and understanding of these places and of the possible tools to intervene. Therefore, local and institutional empowerment could be considered as key ingredients for a radically new planning approach for the regeneration of large-scale social estates. Which tools and methods foster the interaction among different “social worlds”? How could we re-frame participation starting from the collaborative dimension of “doing together”? What is the relevance of co-research and how to promote institutional learning?

In this second webinar we focused on the potential role of ULL as ‘brokers’, enabling interaction among different actors and more effective collaborations among stakeholders.

You can find a link to the presentations below:

1. Enabling local knowledge and fostering socio-spatial competencies. The case of Sansheroes network as a community of planning, Elena Maranghi (SoHoLab, DAStU, Polimi)
2. Support residents "against" an urban renewal project. The case of APPUII in Franc-moisin (St-Denis/France), Romain Gallart (Association APPUII)
3. Reflections on participation through urban living labs in superdiverse neighbourhoods, Yvonne Franz (University of Vienna)