Community Resilience and the Future of Urban Spaces The Experience of the URBACT Cities in Italy
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.
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