National Workshop – “Places of culture as spaces of Innovation for sustainable development”
Open and Common Heritage | Cultural places as spaces of Innovation for sustainable and inclusive..Read More
Launching the new Co-Roma platform
The new release of the Co-Roma platform (https://co-roma.it/), was produced by the OpenHeritage project. It..Read More
Workshop at the Theater of the Parish of the st. Bonaventure “Giovanni Paolo II”
The Luiss LabGov team presented the Rome Collaboratories experience to the local network of stakeholders..Read More
Creative workshop with children by Istituto comprensivo Antonio Montinaro at Torre Spaccata
The workshop’s objective was to define the content and design of the final artwork of..Read More
Horizons: Film & Culture
The local neighborhood cooperative CooperACTiva held a preview of the podcast “Sindemia”. The title of..Read More
1. PartecipARTe: Living Memory Exhibition
The Living Memory Exhibition focused on creating murals. The illustrated map of the neighborhood was..Read More
Progressing with the digital community platform
After a long phase of co-design, which started in the summer of 2020, finally the..Read More
Work in progress: the Living Memory Exhibition
After a co-design phase completed during winter 2020, the first artworks to be realized as..Read More
Developing the “Giornate ACTive del Patrimonio”
While co-creating the Living Memory Exhibition’s communication campaign and the Lab’s Local Action Campaign, several..Read More
Reopening: heritage walking tours in the spring
The first heritage walks were held in May and continued through the month of June..Read More
Designing heritage walks and tours
During the spring, the community took action to plan and organize a series of heritage..Read More
In the past months there have been developments which brought some changes. which affected not..Read More
Co-Roma digital community platform
The new business model designed to take forward the Rome Collaboratory ACT is based on..Read More
Co-designing artworks during the Living Memory Exhibition
Starting from Saturday 31st October (10:00-12:00 a.m.) were held a series of online workshops on..Read More
European Heritage Days: Guided Tours exploring the Agro Romano
Within the framework of the European Heritage Days 2020 and the activities of the Rome..Read More
Co-Roma capacity building: re-starting from neighborhood cooperation
In the immediate aftermath of the lockdown measures’ ease, the Luiss team kept the Lab..Read More
The challenge of the pandemic and the prevention measures.
During the lockdown imposed in Italy by the National Government to counteract the Covid-19 pandemic..Read More
Collaborative Workshops: Impresa Culturale di Quartiere
As part of the collaboration with the organizers of the project “UnoNessunoCentocelle!”, financed by the..Read More
Testing the cultural bike tours
On Sunday 8th December, taking advantage of the third Open Heritage Consortium Meeting, CooperACTiva organized..Read More
Discovering the heritage values of the district
The capacity building aimed to provide tools for civic collaborators to help them in developing..Read More
Involvement in the participatory budget of the City of Rome
The community participated with its own proposal to the call launched within the participatory budget..Read More
Designing the Local Action Plans
The co-design process aimed to define together with the local community the activities to insert..Read More
The formal establishment of “CooperACTiva”
On Monday 19 December 2018 the community of the Co-District, including the Alessandrino, Centocelle and..Read More
Community Labs: towards the establishment of a neighborhood cooperative
A series of workshops were held to continue the long work already started on the..Read More
Faro Heritage Walks
As part of the Faro Convention Network, the CO-Roma coalition took part to the annual..Read More
Co-Roma joins the Faro convention Network
In 2018 “Co-Roma”, a coalition of urban actors (local NGOs, local public authorities, Luiss University..Read More
The Rome CHL, named Rome Collaboratory aims at building a socially and economically sustainable business model based on the heritage district of Centocelle to support the economic and social development of the Alessandrino, Centocelle and Torre Spaccata neighbourhoods. These three neighbourhoods form the Centocelle heritage district from a cultural, archeological, and social point of view. The area is currently undergoing a process of revitalization that is turning it into a food district and might end up triggering a gentrification process. The Centocelle archaeological, historical, industrial, cultural heritage is seen both as an ecosystem and as a narrative of these three neighbourhoods. This area has a strong heritage value and it has a hidden capacity to develop value which would foster the local development of the districts. The community of local stakeholders is supported and coordinated by the LUISS team is strongly motivated in the valorisation of the area. The actions already taken have led them to constitute a Heritage Community pursuant to the principles of the Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (Faro Convention, 2005), which is in an advanced stage of the process of recognition by the Council of Europe as a Faro Heritage Community. Rome Collaboratory, builds on the results of the Co-Roma project (www.co-roma.it). This project aimed at seeding urban co-governance in the city of Rome implementing city inhabitant’s right to use, manage, and own urban assets and infrastructure. These principles are implemented through a toolkit of practical techniques and solutions, the “co-city protocol” (www.commoning.city), which aims at experimenting urban cooperativism in the city.
- Develop a bottom-up approach for the regeneration of the co-districts, based on co-design and empowerment of the community.
- Transform the heritage district into a resource, through actions and services offered by a community enterprise, which is the operative unit of the CHL.
- Create synergies between the community’s activities supported by an institutional network of local enterprises, public authorities, academic and knowledge actors, local associations, users and inhabitants. in order to create synergies and externalities due to the integration of resources of the community.
- Boost the economic development of the area. The community enterprise aims to develop its services with two different business models. The first business model requires a minimum initial investment and its sustainability is based on selling services (service-based model). The second business model aims to provide economic stability and expand the project scale through a real-estate investment (estate-based model).
Work so far:
- A neighbourhood community was formed called CooperACTiva, helping to achieve the main goals of Rome Collaboratory.
- CooperACTiva is a joint venture between (i) individual city inhabitants from the three neighbourhoods of Alessandrino, Centocelle, Torre Spaccata; (ii) FusoLab 2.0 (i.e. the community hub established in the Alessandrino neighbourhood); (iii) the association Community for the Park of Centocelle and (iv) Friends of LabGov, an NGO established by students and young researchers of Luiss LabGov.
- Activities planned for the diffusion of the knowledge related to the heritage districts were started and still are in process.
- A photographic contest was organised with the aim to reveal the perceived heritage of the district throughout the eyes of the residents, providing interesting insights into what heritage meant for them.
- CooperACTiva is constantly working on the promotion of the area and its hidden treasures. With this aim it took part in the participatory budgeting process, launched by the City of Rome, presenting a project proposal named “The Centocelle park between past, present and future”.
- CooperACTiva started to work towards the realization of adaptive reuse actions of an abandoned building and the creation of a narrative that could enhance the heritage values of the district.
- The Rome Collaboratory also worked on reinforcing the entrepreneurial spirit of the community by developing a capacity building process addressing the existing community and also aggregating new communities and new potential members. The capacity building process started in October 2019 and will continue until April 2020.
- State of access to the ruins: now it’s only partially accessible to the public.
- Environmental: the green area and infrastructure is generally in very bad condition.
- Social and geographical: the surrounding area has a marginalized character with negative stereotypes and bad self-image.
- Economic problems: the population in the area has been badly affected by the economic crisis and the general problems of the Italian economy.
Christian Fernando Iaione
Elena De Nictolis
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Local Action Plan Centocelle
- Consortium meeting in Rome: Focus on civic engagement and sustainability in heritage reuseOpenHeritage’s third Consortium meeting took place on December 8-10, in Rome. Through work package reports, workshops and discussions it further explored how civic engagement and […]
- The Rome Collab oratory co-designs its Action PlanIn January 2019, the Rome Collaboratory started its work in several most difficult eastern districts of the Italian capital – Alessandrino, Centocelle and Torre Spaccata.