The collaboration proposals received by the local authority are the core element of the scheme promoted by Co-City, based on the voluntary commitment of citizens and associations for the collaborative management of abandoned or underused structures and spaces through a system of pacts with the local authority.
Active citizens or associations who submitted the proposals are working in close cooperation with the City’s departments in charge of the management of commons as well as with the representatives of the Districts where the actions will be carried out. These meetings are focusing on all the technical aspects connected to the implementation of the projects, evaluating the technical feasibility of the interventions proposed and their financial sustainability.
The projects approved by the City Government will take place in different areas of Turin, with a particular attention to the suburbs and to the most deprived areas where the rehabilitation of buildings and underused spaces can contribute to create new opportunities of employment and social inclusion. The Neighborhood Houses are hosting meetings to present all the activities that will take place in their neighborhoods to the residents, with the aim of fostering the creation of new partnerships and relations among the organizations active in the areas focused by Co-City.
Urban farms, community hubs, art and music laboratories, training center and multifunctional complexes are some of the ideas that will be put in practice in the structures and spaces regenerated by Co-City, through the active involvement of a wide range of stakeholders who will test concrete measures to showcase how the collaboration between the local authority and residents (ruled by the Regulation on collaboration between citizens and the Administration for the care, shared management and regeneration of the urban commons ) can be beneficial to contrast urban poverty and promote community spirit.
In the last months the City of Turin received more than 100 proposals, evaluated by a panel of civic officials and made available on the Co-City website
for comments and suggestions by residents. These proposals and the Co-City model have received wide attention as they were presented in the framework of many international events on collaborative management of neighborhoods, such as the retreat “Accelerating Citywide Civic Entrepreneurship: An Exercise in the Co-City Approach” organized by LabGov and hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Conference Program in Bellagio on 11-15 December 2017 and the Vibrant Neighborhoods Forum hosted by the German Marshall Fund on 13 March 2018 in Brussels.
Author: The Co-City project team