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Citta di Torino

Community profile

Situated in the northwest of Italy, Turin is the capital of the Piedmont region. The largest part of the city is located on the left bank of the Po River, surrounded by the western Alpine arch. The population of the city proper is about 900,000 while the population of the urban area is estimated to be 1.7 million inhabitants. As such Turin is the fourth largest Italian city in terms of population.

Since the nineties Turin has experienced a profound transformation, evolving from an industrial city, whose main focus was the production of cars, towards a capital of innovation and creativity. While not giving up its historical industrial soul, Turin has diversified its economic base and city landscape. New infrastructures and buildings emerged, and the cultural offers, ranging from museums, contemporary art, sites and monuments, to major events and industrial tourism, are shaping the socio-cultural and socio-economic substance of the city. Today, with its 7,104 square miles of green areas as well as its ongoing conservation and developing projects, Turin has also become the most eco-friendly and ‘green’ city in Italy.

WeGovNow in the region

The idea of a contemporary City of Turin is clearly driven by an urban regeneration programme that includes the active involvement of citizens and associate stakeholders. Aiming at building a strong link between the local community and its city neighbourhood, Turin is implementing and promoting several social and cultural actions directed at sustainable, intelligent and inclusive urban growth.

WeGovNow offers the municipality a way in which to make participation in urban redevelopment processes easier for citizens and a means with which to collect information from citizens. In doing so, the City of Turin can become more efficient and develop more inclusive policies in response to citizens’ needs by getting them involved and empowering citizens as actors of urban change.

The main thematic focus of WeGovNow in Turin is the participation of citizens in the planning and designing of the city’s green public spaces and deprived neighbourhoods. More specifically, the pilot area is Parco Dora, a new urban park within the IV district that represents one of the most significant portions of post-industrial Turin, and whose spaces are designed for flexible use, such as daily activities or big events gathering together thousands of people.

The online engagement platform will support the collaboration between city authorities and citizens in the:

  • Co-design of new services and activities: WeGovNow fosters the participation of citizens, local residents and associations who want to take part in the co-planning process and to provide suggestions about the functions, features and setting of the respective city area.
  • Co-management of public spaces: WeGovNow supports the implementation of partnership agreements between local residents or organisations and municipal authorities in order to improve the coordination of activities in relation to the city area. Moreover the platform facilitates the communication and exchange of information on these planned activities and events.

From the perspective of the citizens of Turin, WeGovNow can be seen as an enabling technology reinforcing their role as active local actors, and as an instrument of community building, while the local authority acts as the facilitator of these innovative processes already ongoing in the city.