Ostiense and Laurentino 38, Rome, Italy

January 23 & 24, 2017

Stipo and Vanschagen Architecten, in collaboration with Roma Tre University, ATER, Comune di Roma and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands invites you to participate in a two-day City at Eye Level workshop in Ostiense and Laurentino 38.

Sign up now! Please contact Jeroen Laven.

Partners:

roma_capitaleRoma Capitale
(City of Rome)

roma_capitaleMunicipio VIII
(Ostiense)

roma_capitaleMunicipio IX
(Laurentino)

ater-romaATER
(Roma)

inuINU
(Laurentino)

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Background information

In the first half of 2016 the Netherlands was chair of the European Union. One of the focus points during this chairmanship was to set an urban agenda. Among others a European Summit was organised in Amsterdam in May 2016, during which a number of frontrunners in areas and methods of urban development were given the stage. The declaration of Amsterdam was signed.

As part of the focus on cities and urban development and a follow up to the EU-chairmanship the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is supporting a limited number of international cooperations between Dutch and international experts. The City at Eye level is the winner of the open call of the Embassy of the Netherlands on urban challenges. Besides the Embassy, Dutch organisations Stipo and Vanschagen Architecten, the Italian partners Roma 3 University, ANCI, ATER, Eutropean and Comune di Roma are participating.

Focus of the City at Eye Level workshop

The City at Eye Level is an international network of parties working on good streets and buildings. It is both a knowledge network, with parties varying from local level to UN Habitat, and a practitioners network of people working on better streets and buildings.

The City at Eye Level focuses on the level of buildings, streets and areas. It combines hardware, orgware and software. It brings new insights on how to give a boost to projects, and also about the management of projects. The City at Eye Level combines temporary and permanent activities; often temporary improvements can be an important step towards permanent renewal.

The City at Eye Level is being developed further together with many international, including Italian, partners. During the workshop the knowledge of the City at Eye Level will be used on the case studies Ostiense and Laurentino 38.

The aim is that with the workshop new ideas will be formed on how to develop these areas using the insights from the City at Eye Level. Another aim is to form a coalition of partners, with among others the City of Rome, ATER, Roma 3 University and other partners, who can take the lead in the next steps after the workshop. The results of the workshop will be shared with the City at Eye Level network.

Goals:

  • successful exchange of international best practices on Italian and international examples of plinth strategies and redevelopment of residential areas relevant to the Laurentino and Ostiense case
  • Joint development of feasible scenarios for a potential strategy for city district development (area policy) with recommendations for quick, light and cheap actions on the short and mid-long term relevant for future initiatives of all stakeholders.
  • scenarios/ideas/recommendations for place and street management: how to build/maintain/activate/engage coalitions for sustainable strategy for the chosen area.

Learn about:

  • Placemaking: turn public spaces into great places where people want to be;
  • the City at Eye Level: creating streets and places for people;
  • ingredients for a strategy for city district development;
  • adopting a community-based approach: involve and activate ownership;
  • tactical Urbanism: lighter-quicker-cheaper actions on the short and mid-long term;
  • inspiring examples from Italian international practices;
  • exchange with other participants from other disciplines and organizations.

For who?

  • experts working on improving streets, plazas and parks in cities
  • professionals in public space and urban planning, and organisations such as Inarch, INA, Ordine degli Architetti, Biennale dello Spazio Pubblico, Cittalia and others
  • civic leaders active in placemaking and community-driven approaches
  • politicians looking to improve public space
  • entrepreneurs, real estate owners and developers who want to learn about the city at eye level
  • citizens active in their community
  • (Roma Tre) students and young professionals who want to develop their skills

Follow up in the City at Eye Level network

  • The City at Eye Level network consists of partners from all over the world (gathered on our website)
  • The results of the workshop will be presented in the City at Eye Level network, both via the website as in international conferences in 2017. We aim to present the results at the Biennale dello Spazio Pubblico in Rome

The two case studies

The two case studies were selected in close cooperation with our Italian partners Roma 3, Comune di Roma and ATER.

Ostiense

Ostiense is a diverse urban district, with a fragmented structure.  Ostiense’s industrial past creates unique challenges and opportunities for the neighbourhood’s future. High building vacancy rates and underutilization of neighbourhood assets are just a few of the characteristics the neighbourhood.

These are problems but also opportunities for redevelopment. Ostiense is easily accessible thanks to a great number of transportation options. Pedestrian mobility in the area is not great at this moment, but the streets have potential. The neighbourhood’s former industrial structures, although currently eyesores, present a wealth of available, low-cost space that can be utilized in the neighbourhood’s redevelopment as a hip, urban cultural community.

Public space is integral to healthy neighbourhood economies and creates an important venue for interaction among neighbourhood residents while also giving a neighbourhood a sense of identity and character.

Public space can be created by and for the people of Ostiense through current projects and future initiatives, possibly utilizing the neighbourhood’s available waterfront and building space. With a redevelopment of the Mercati Generali and the growth of an entertainment district in Ostiense, the options for accessing the neighbourhood make it well positioned to become a destination within the city of Rome and its metropolitan area. For the redevelopment of Ostiense participation and co-creation is integral to the success of physical development processes and neighbourhood governance in general

Within the workshop we aim to show the potential to use the method of place-making and place-management to give a boost to the Ostiense area. We will analyse the potential of parts of the neighbourhood, make plans for concrete ideas and discuss how these ideas can be implemented. We will explore if the City at Eye Level method brings potential for a cooperative form of place-management for the area, in a way that main parties like the government, Roma 3 University, ATER and other local parties play a key role.

Laurentino 38

Laurentino 38 is an area in the south of Rome build in the 60’s. The buildings were built as islands with connecting bridges. Since the bridges were torn down the neighbourhood lost connection with the neighbouring buildings and the lack of social space and the economic crisis made sure that nowadays it’s a malfunctioning area in Rome. The area struggles with daily-life aspects such as maintenance responsibility, the economic crisis and how to mobilize new local communities and coalitions. There are many activities in the area. The city has plans to improve public space and traffic, private investors are making proposals for new buildings, and ATER wants to improve the area.

In the Laurentino area we will explore the possibilities of bringing some of the economic functions on level 1 to street level, using the City at Eye Level techniques. We explore how the methods can be used to help redevelopment of the area, combining interest of ATER, the City of Rome, developers and other parties in the area.

Within the workshop we hope to connect different levels of expertise in the neighbourhood, and create partnership for strengthening the area, using city at eye level techniques.

Program

The workshop will be in English. We will provide Italian translations for the main material.

Day 1: Monday January 23 2017

Theme: Placemaking, placemanagement, Ostiense

Morning Arrival
09:30

Location: Roma Tre 
Address: La Direzione del Dipartimento di Ingegneria: Via Vito Volterra 62 (primo piano), 00146, Roma
Welcome by Roma 3, ATER and Municipio

Start – Discuss main local challenges and opportunities

10:00 Introduction – The City at Eye Level – Placemaking – international perspective from the UN Habitat to the citymaker movement

Speakers:

Introduction by Jeroen Laven (Stipo) and Gert-Jan te Velde (Vanschagen Architecten).

Professor Pietro Garau & Prof.ssa Marichela Sepe (INU)

Professor Massimo Allulli (ANCI)

11:00 Place Game – learn by doing – using the method. An interactive workshop with all the participants.

Subgroups led by Stipo, Vanschagen Architecten, ANCI, ATER, Roma Tre, INU, Ordine degli Architetti

12:30 Lunch break
13:30

Location: Municipio VIII 
Address: via Benedetto Croce 50, 00142 Roma (Sala Consiliare)
Workshop management and strategy: focus on places. 

Introduction by Jeroen Laven (Stipo) and Gert-Jan te Velde (Vanschagen Architecten)

  • toolbox for lighter-quicker-cheaper action: take action now
  • set up street management coalitions in practice
  • financial examples
  • develop long term strategies for a great city at eye level
15:00 Presentation of ideas for the area
16.00 Closing discussion with ATER, Roma Tre, INU, ANCI, Ordine degli Architetti – a plan for Ostiense – and conclusion
Day 2: Tuesday January 24 2017

Theme: City at Eye Level, improving the plinths in Laurentino 38

Morning Arrival
09:30

Location: Municipio IX 
Address: Largo Peter Benenson, 00143, Roma
Welcome by President of Municipio IX and Vice-Ambassador Joost Klarenbeek, ATER, Roma Tre (to be confirmed)

Start – Current situation and visions for the future

10:00 Introduction – The City at Eye Level, coalitions and strategy

Speakers:

Introduction by Jeroen Laven (Stipo) and Gert-Jan te Velde (Vanschagen Architecten)

Prof.ssa Marichela Sepe (INU): Placemaking case in Rome and the paper for public space

11:00 Workshop the City at Eye Level.
An interactive workshop with all the participants. Subgroups led by Stipo, Vanschagen Architecten, ATER, Roma Tre, INU, Ordine degli Architetti
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 Workshop management and strategy: focus on plinths.

Introduction by Jeroen Laven (Stipo) and Gert-Jan te Velde (Vanschagen Architecten)

  • toolbox for lighter-quicker-cheaper action: take action now
  • set up city at eye level coalitions in practice
  • financial examples
  • develop long term strategies for a great city at eye level
14:30 Presentation of ideas for the area
15.30 Closing discussion with ATER, Roma Tre, INU, Ordine degli Architetti – a plan for Laurentino 38 – and conclusion
16.30 Summary of last two days in the presence of representatives of all partners, Stipo, Vanschagen Architecten, ATER, Roma Tre, INU, Ordine degli Architetti (Vicepresidente Arch. Eliana Congelli), Dutch Embassy
Note for Italian students:
La partecipazione all’evento riconosce agli architetti iscritti ad un Ordine d’Italia n 5 crediti formativi per la giornata del 23/01  (Codice identificativo ARRM1302)

e  5 crediti formativi per la giornata del 24/01 (Codice identificativo ARRM 1303)
Prenotazione obbligatoria online:
http://www.architettiroma.it/formazione/notizie/17532.aspx
http://www.architettiroma.it/formazione/notizie/17533.aspx

If you are interested and would like to participate, please send a mail to Jeroen Laven.

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