Let’s not call them suburbs…

One of the great themes underlying city development is that of the suburbs. The centre/suburb juxtaposition has for decades characterised the functions, urban quality and value of city spaces, and the term suburb has almost always had a negative connotation:…

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City Prosperity Initiative: an innovative methodology

The search for innovative models of urban coexistence and development also implies the need to be able to rely on more sophisticated and precise analytical tools. The City Prosperity Initiative (CPI) developed by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat),…

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New life for small villages?

In many countries, the COVID-19 emergency has led to a greater propensity on the part of companies and workers to remote smart working. This phenomenon, together with the search for a slower pace of life and more affordable living costs, has…

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When welfare is collaborative

In order to respond with new services to meet people’s need for well-being and a social life, one of the contemporary solutions is ‘collaborative welfare’. The name reflects the fact that services are based on reciprocity. The giver and the…

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From the “Social Street” to Communal Landings 2.0

In contexts where impoverished social relations combine with the economic difficulties of welfare, solutions to problems often come from the bottom up. This is what has happened, for example, with the “Social Street” experiment, in which people, based on principles…

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