Can Institutions Learn? A Policy seminar in Venice. Sign up here.

20th of June, Venice, Italy, Palazzo Badoer

You are invited to register below. To guartantee a fruitfull discussion only 40 seats are available. The event is free.

Can institutions learn?
Scaling-up innovation in urban regeneration settings
Barcelona, Bologna and Naples

Organized by Elena Ostanel, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, Università Iuav di Venezia. The event is free of charge.


The workshop aims at understanding the institutional change that occurred in three European cities. Barcelona, Bologna and Naples are foreseen as main cases with regard the coproduction between social innovative practices and local institutions in urban regeneration settings. These cities have gone through very different policy frameworks in the management of underused or derelict public properties. The Patrimonio ciudadano de gestión y uso comunitario in Barcelona, the ‘Rules for the regeneration of urban commons between citizens and the Municipality’ in Bologna and the ’Civic Uses’ in Naples are among the few attempts to push the municipal government to become a learning institutions.



9.30-9.40 Opening, Piercarlo Romagnoni, DPPAC Director, University Iuav of Venice

9.40- 10.00 Introduction, Elena Ostanel, University Iuav of Venice

10- 11 Roundtable discussion: Bologna

Valentina Orioli, Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning, Municipality of Bologna

Citizen-driven innovation increases the possibilities for a broader range of people to become directly involved in all stages of social and urban action, though at the same they appear to replace the government in the provision of urban services. Local governments need to find ways to provide public value in accountable and transparent ways, in contexts where social and spatial barriers often prevent the involvement of the most vulnerable groups.

Simona Morini, Iuav of Venice
Julie Munk, Social Innovation Exchange
Lorenzo Pesola, Poveglia per Tutti, Venice


11- 12 Roundtable discussion: Barcelona

Oriol Nello, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Consell Assessor del Pla de Barris, Municipality of Barcelona
Increasing socio-spatial polarization questions social cohesion in local societies worldwide. Against this backdrop, following the 2007 financial crisis welfare and public investment for urban regeneration have significantly decreased across most European cities; dissimilar top-down revitalisation strategies have resulted in new urban dynamics and urban tensions, gentrification processes and social exclusion. As a result, the neighbourhood is now the privileged level of policy intervention. Community-based initiatives and the institution coproduce with the aim to change power relations and socio-spatial inequalities.

Marcello Balbo, Master U-RISE
Enric Barcena, Barcelona En Comù
Maria Chiara Tosi, Iuav of Venice


12-12.30 Instant Reporting and discussion. Cross cutting issues/main differences- Bologna and Barcelona

12.30 -13.30 Light Lunch


13.30- 14.30 Roundtable discussion: Naples

Fabio Pascapè, Municipality of Naples

In a growing number of neighbourhoods diversity, affordability, and social inclusion are increasingly at risk due to gentrification and real estate speculation. The capacity of community based responses to mitigate the effects of negative change needs to be further assessed particularly when the State is constantly retreating. Self-organization practices can create important spaces of autonomy, but at the same time coproduction with local institutions has different impacts and outcomes on the institutional as well as the community based organizational structure.

Marco Buemi, URBACT
Giulio Ernesti, Iuav of Venice
Giovanni Laino, Università di Napoli


14.30- 15.30 Instant Reporting and discussion. Cross cutting issues/main differences- Bologna, Barcelona, Naples

15.30-16.00 Way forward, Elena Ostanel and Laura Fregolent


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