Undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by the University iuav of Venice:


Scaling-up innovation in urban regeneration settings:

Barcelona, Bologna and Naples


Can institutions learn 


1st International policy workshop on urban regeneration/social innovation/neighbourhood change


20th of June 2018

Palazzo Badoer, aula ex Biblioteca

h. 9.30 > 16.30


organized by

Elena Ostanel,

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia


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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 gestiˇn 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 institution’.



9.30 > 9.40

Opening: Piercarlo Romagnoni, DPPAC Director, UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia

9.40 > 10

Introduction: Elena Ostanel, UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia

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, UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia

Julie Munk, Social Innovation Exchange

Lorenzo Pesola, Poveglia per Tutti, Venice


11 > 12

Round table 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 Com¨

Maria Chiara Tosi, Iuav di Venezia


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 PascapŔ, Comune di Napoli

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, UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia

Giovanni Laino, UniversitÓ 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


Instant Reporting: Marta Andrei, Riccardo Buonanno, Ivana Cucca, Chiara De Grandi, NoemÝ Elena Julißn Villar, Verena Lenna, Giacomo Longo, Giulia Lucatello, Veronica Magli, Alessia Macchi, Alba Nabulsi


The workshop is organized in collaboration with: U-Rise Master, Scuola di Dottorato

and Department of Design and Planning in Complex Environment, Iuav of Venice,

Social Innovation Community.


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