Vol. 8 (2020): Democrazia dei luoghi: azioni e forme di autogoverno comunitario / Democracy of places: actions and forms of community self-government
Science in action

Da parco urbano ad ‘agorà’ pubblica: un progetto multifunzionale per la costruzione di un'identità civica ‘glocale’

Sergio Messina
University of Salerno, Department of Law
Published December 12, 2020
  • right to the city,
  • partnership agreements,
  • urban commons,
  • relationships acceleration,
  • socio-environmental skills and connections
How to Cite
Messina, S. (2020). Da parco urbano ad ‘agorà’ pubblica. Scienze Del Territorio, 8. https://doi.org/10.13128/sdt-11811


The “right to the city” theorized at the end of the 1960s by Henri Lefebvre and ‘positivized’ in some international and European Charters is now intertwined with the theme of regeneration and reuse of certain fundamental goods for the needs of community. A need today increasingly perceived as necessary and urgent by citizens, associations and movements that share with local institutions their management through innovative administrative tools that find a direct foundation in the Italian Constitution. Due to the sectoral nature of urban policies, however, there is a risk of losing sight of the sense of territory in its dynamic unity. Through the narration of a story- that involved a municipal public park located in the centre of Caserta and called ‘Villa Giaquinto’, we will try to show how, despite this area has also been invested by an experience of ‘shared administration’ like many others in Italy, through a gradual growth and maturation by engagement of various subjects that are part of the social and economic fabric of the city, we can now say that part of the citizens of Caserta have succeeded in rebuilding (albeit in an embryonic form) a small agora, and have promoted a wide network that is now a potential ‘point of irradiation’ for the entire city area.


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