Simone d'Antonio


Community resilience is a concept shared by the Italian cities with a wide range of projects and strategies, in most of the cases co-created by public sector and local communities in the framework of national and European schemes for sustainable urban development. The URBACT programme and its peculiar methodology for fostering civic engagement and integrated urban planning constituted a powerful testing ground for communities willing to share new ways of governing the most urgent urban challenges in terms of sustainable development.
The projects carried out by the Italian cities participating in the networks funded by the main EU programme on urban development translate in practice the concept of community resilience, to be meant as a particpatory framework in which new types of relationships among different parts of the local community can be created for improving the cities we live in.


How to Cite
d’Antonio, S. (2021) “Community Resilience and the Future of Urban Spaces: The Experience of the URBACT Cities in Italy”, The Journal of Public Space, 6(2). doi: 10.32891/jps.v6i2.1616.
Author Biography

Simone d'Antonio, URBACT Italy

Simone d’Antonio is an Italian journalist based in Rome, where he works for the Italian Association of Cities and Municipalities. He collaborated with the Habitat III Secretariat in the organization of Urban Journalism Academies in the framework of thematic and regional meetings (among these Barcelona, Pretoria, Surabaya, Brussels, Abu Dhabi, Prague, Bucharest) and took part to them as speaker and moderator.
Specialized on urban topics, d’Antonio is regular contributor to many national and international media: his articles have appeared, among the others, in The Good Life, Il Sole 24 Ore, Citiscope, Citylab, Il Manifesto, La Repubblica, Huffington Post and Wired.
As journalist and communicator, he spent most of his professional career to promote successful experiences of sustainable urban development and to foster the exchange of practices and approaches among European cities. Between 2006 and 2010 he worked in Brussels as communication and policy officer in charge of the Working group on Environment, Urban Mobility and Energy for the European foundation of Cities Anci Ideali.
At European level d’Antonio is active in the promotion of many EU co-funded projects and programs, such as URBACT as responsible of the activities of the National Point for Italy. As Ad-Hoc Expert on governance and integrated urban development and of the URBACT Program, he is supporting Italian and European cities in the realization of projects promoting sustainable urban development.