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On April 17th, CITIES present the work executed in three years as a Think Thank during the conference, The “Polycentric option” in the Mediterranean.

On April 17th, CITIES present the work executed in three years as a Think Thank during the conference, The “Polycentric option” in the Mediterranean. Conditions, benefits, dilemmas, actions. We show the global analysis of polycentric development, the focus into the local context in the framework of  “WeOwnTheCity” and we raise some fundamental questions about the relationship in between top-down and bottom-up development. CITIES’ work as a consultant for Soluzioni Territoriali started by analyzing how several urban agglomerations relate to administrative, participatory and economic model of urban clustering. This work represented the beginning of our mission to develop a publication that deals with urban clustering and polycentric developments. During the presentation, CITIES will focus on the concluding remarks and the lessons learned from this experience: the traditional institutions are starting to adapt to this new reality, hosting contest for citizen initiatives and reserving plots for collective stewardship. However, the paradigm shift is not complete yet. Governments and housing corporations are still looking for the best way to make use of the motivated citizens. Policies regarding citizen initiatives need to be more accommodating for this type of development. Governments and corporations should invest in providing resources, like expert advisors and business consultants, to these initiatives. Many projects can benefit from an organizational structure because it allows institutions, looking to invest in projects, a chance to gauge the viability. If these strategies are taken into account, we will see new, vibrant cities; made and owned by the urban dwellers.

Created on 02 April 2013

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