The idea of this White Paper comes from the willingness to share and systematize a series of
considerations and proposals for the future of urban regeneration, which emerged from
an open discussion with a group of entities, individuals and associations that are currently
involved in this process in Italy at multiple levels and in different ways.
The White Paper has been promoted and edited by Lama Agency, and is the result of a collaborative process that - through interviews, workshops and conversations which took place between September 2018 and February 2019 - has seen numerous participants give their contribution to the definition of the contents of this document.
The challenges of regeneration, which interlace deeply with broader urban, economic, social and environmental issues, are a quintessential example of the complexities that modern
development challenges entail. Furthermore, these challenges perfectly exemplify the need
for integrated, multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder approaches which can effectively
dovetail public goals with private interests, short-term objectives with more long-term
strategies, and a positive social impact with the need for economic and financial Sustainability.
During the last decades, approaches to urban regeneration have evolved by increasingly
recognizing the importance and leading position of these issues, and the need to address
them: additionally, a growing number of actors have taken up the topic by contributing with
their resources, experiences, and knowledge, or by developing new solutions - therefore
enabling the use of new (or previously overlooked) levers for innovation.
It is therefore necessary, now more than ever, to be able to reconstruct and mix the pieces of
this mosaic in a new way, in order to move towards a more systemic view of regeneration:
one that can highlight and connect all the factors that are essential in order to make real
world initiatives successful - such as the involvement of communities, the quality of real estate
interventions, the mobilization of public-private financial resources, the safeguard of collective
interests and the development of more “polycentric” cities that are also rich in socio-economic
and cultural biodiversity
The process that led to the creation of this paper is not over: It will go on through the following session “Community”, where stakeholders can register to leave their comments and participate in future meetings, events and in-depth discussions.