Neighbourhood Regeneration at the Grassroots Participation: Incubators’ Co-creative Process and System
journal article

Incubators of Public Spaces is a funded JPI Urban Europe project aiming to support the self-organization of places by enhancing the factors that motivate, encourage, and enable the urban actors to reach common understandings in order to coordinate their actions by reasoned argument, consensus, and cooperation rather than strategic thinking only. By catalyzing citizens’ willingness to ‘do their bit’ for improving spaces, it provides the means to grow and care for places. The paper is organized into three main sections. The first section offers a theoretical underpinning on the roots of self-organization and co-creation in urban interventions. After a brief introduction about the project’s aims, the second section deals with incubators’ co-creative process and system. It describes the running of the scenario workshops and provides an overview of the web platform and its inherent features. The third section presents the results of the application of the incubators method in the regeneration of an Italian neighborhood. It provides some general information about the area, and foresees a set of interventions for both built and open spaces. Conclusions offer early remarks concerning the ongoing experimentation in Incubators.


Stakeholder self-organization; urban co-creation; crowdsourced placemaking; design actions; scenario workshop

Caneparo, Luca, and Bonavero, Federica. "Neighbourhood Regeneration at the Grassroots Participation: incubators' co-creative process and system." International Journal of Architectural Research: ArchNet-IJAR [Online] 10, no. 2. (29 July 2016): 204-218.

Parent Publications
Luca Caneparo, Federica Bonavero
urban regeneration