No. 1 (2023): WASTELANDS. Recycling urban spaces for the shrinking city

How to regenerate the ordinary public spaces after Covid-19 crisis? Recommendations for planners and urban designers

Mario Paris
Università degli Studi di Bergamo
Irene Caricati
Indipendent researcher
Davide Vettore
Indipendent researcher

Published 2023-09-12


  • Urban design,
  • Daily public spaces,
  • Proximity,
  • Covid-19,
  • Shrinking cities

How to Cite

Paris, M., Caricati, I., & Vettore, D. (2023). How to regenerate the ordinary public spaces after Covid-19 crisis? Recommendations for planners and urban designers. Contesti. Città, Territori, Progetti, (1), 183–200.


The paper discusses the current practices in the regeneration of public spaces starting from research that compares case studies from Milan (I) and Copenhagen (DK) developed by the authors, trying to exceed the rhetoric of the 15-min city, that nowadays is mainstream.

The aim of the paper is to identify potential approaches for designers and planners when they intervene in daily, public spaces that have lost their meaning and identities. Testing existing proposals, the study explores a set of issues that affect the physical, social, and economic condition of places and that should be considered in the process of re-activation.

Discussing the results, the study proposes a set of tools and recommendations that can support the work of urban designers and could foster the social and physical impacts of their work. The conclusions open a perspective on the role of this type of intervention in the construction of the future city.


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