A creative "nanotown": Framing sustainable development scenarios with local people in Calabria

Verdini,Giulio;Bina,Olivia;Chiles,Prue;Guerrieri,Pilar Maria;Mace,Alan;Nolf,Christian;Occhialini,Etra Connie;Pola,Anna Paola;Raffa,Paola

[Verdini,Giulio] University of Westminster,London,United Kingdom [Bina,Olivia] Chinese University of Hong Kong,Hong Kong,Hong Kong [Guerrieri,Pilar Maria] Politecnico di Milano,Milan,Italy [Mace,Alan] London School of Economics and Political Science,London,United Kingdom [Nolf,Christian] Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University,Suzhou,China [Occhialini,Etra Connie] University of Ferrara,Ferrara,Italy [Pola,Anna Paola] Tongji University,Shanghai,China

Enabling the City: Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Encounters in Research and Practice

Publication Year:2021

Document Type:BOOK

Identifier:http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12791/014535

Abstract

This chapter intends to be both scientifically sound and narratively engaging, given the richness of the work done in Gagliato as experienced by the authors. As a matter of fact, besides the research done remotely, the authors gathered in Gagliato in July 2017 for a one-week participatory design workshop, getting to know the local context, talking with local people, materialising the focus groups implemented on site in future visions of sustainable development. Gagliato is a hilly town located in the province of Catanzaro in Calabria, overlooking the Ionian Sea. The chapter introduces a theoretical section regarding current debates on transdisciplinary research and the reason why Gagliato has been considered a suitable case to test it. The enabling conditions and potential barriers to achieve meaningful transdisciplinary outcomes and consequently tangible positive urban transformation of the experience of Gagliato will be discussed in relationship to the various phases of the project.

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