Interview with Professor Iaione on Urgent Cities

In this video, originally published by Urgent Cities, LabGov’s coordinator Professor Christian Iaione speaks about the importance of maintaining the diversity that characterizes the urban ecosystem and protecting the urban dwellers from experiencing what the sociologist Saskia Sassen defines as expulsion[1] from the city.

One way to avoid phenomenons of expulsion is through a better use of urban assets, especially those that are abandoned and un-utilized. Such assets can become the bases for new markets and for new economical activities which could bring new jobs into the city. This is particularly important in the contemporary world, where many conflicts arise between different social classes, where inequalities increase and people live in precarious conditions.

It is important to also work on the creation of better infrastructures, capable of building connections between people and around the commons. Infrastructures should be understood as ways to reach a common goal, to create a new urban paradigm centered around the idea of the CO: of collaboration, commoning, cooperation co-production and, most importantly, co-creation of the city.

In these processes platforms can play a central role, as they are essential in enabling collaboration and collective action, while also contributing to create an awareness of the different sensibilities, cultures and languages that are resent throughout the city. We need to learn how to use platforms for the creation of new activities and venues within the city, and to facilitate a new democratic discourse.

[1] Saskia Sassen,  Expulsions, Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy, 2014, Harvard University Press



The video is available on the Urgent Cities website, together with a complete transcript of the interview.


UrgentCity – Towards a New Vocabulary of Terms – Christian Iaione (IT) from New Generations on Vimeo.