Whose right to public spaces in the city? Recovering spatial capital by the use of collaborative mapping

Room F
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
08.30 – 10.15
participation, public space, spatial justice

The paper aims to decline the concept of spatial capital for accessing the question “Whose right in the city”. Spatial capital is conceived as the stock of knowledge and experiences that human beings have accumulated during time, that can be recovered by the use of collaborative tools and methodologies.
It is a form of citizen science, a set of useful information both for the advancement of scientific research and for the design and territorial action in a sustainable perspective. Involving all the forces operating in cities public spaces, it is possible to take into account the needs of different city users (commuters, immigrants, students,… ) and transform spatial capital from individual assets into common goods. As it is known, the foundational processes of governance and participation, however, require a commitment in terms of time and the operational translation of the concepts and principles into good practices. The paper presents the methodological approach followed within the Diathesis Lab of the University of Bergamo in Italy. In particular we will show the process activated in the city of Bergamo called “BG Public Space”, a collaborative webmapping system promoted for the regeneration of public spaces in the city of Bergamo accompanied by a real process of participation of citizens and city users.

Federica Burini
University of Bergamo
fburini [at]

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