Citizen-led micro-regeneration. Case studies of civic crowdfunding in London and Milan

Gullino, S. and Cerulli, C. and Seetzen, H. and Pacchi, Carolina (2018) Citizen-led micro-regeneration. Case studies of civic crowdfunding in London and Milan. In: The production of alternative urban space. Regions and Cities . Routledge, Oxon, pp. 210-223. ISBN 9781138099784

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Abstract

This paper draws on qualitative research, carried out in London and Milano, to investigate the growing phenomenon of civic crowdfunding projects. This approach is framed by interdisciplinary debates around governance and collaborative, community-led initiatives aiming at making cities more inclusive and sustainable. In particular, this work draws on discourses around Actor-Network Theory, diverse economies and spatial agency, to focus on the negotiation of new and alternative networks of urban governance (both off-line and on-line), and on to what extent these can be seen as socially innovative.
In this context the paper discusses how technologies can be employed to empower citizens in envisioning, designing and shaping the future of the city through local, bottom up and innovative initiatives like civic crowdfunding, but also what is the role of Local Government in fostering the emergence of and supporting such initiatives. By exploring innovative practices emerging in highly formal planning systems, in UK and Italy, this paper discusses the potential role of self-organised groups in producing alternative views of the city, against or within dominant urban development practices.

Item Type: Book Section
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7 November 2018Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: Civic Crowdfunding; ANT; Bottom Up; Citizen Engagement; Social Innovation; Regeneration; Public Space.
Subjects: CAH13 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01-04 - planning (urban, rural and regional)
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Silvia Gullino
Date Deposited: 24 May 2022 10:46
Last Modified: 24 May 2022 10:46
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6645

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