Sharing cities – Shaping cities: a research symposium

Sharing economy and collaborative consumption are attracting much interest for their business, legal and civic implications. Underexplored are instead the consequences of the spreading on sharing-based practices in the urban environmental and daily dynamics.

The ‘Sharing Cities – Shaping Cities (#ShapringCities)’ symposium aims at addressing if and how is sharing shaping cities, the way spaces are designed and lived if social interactions are escalated, the way habits and routines take place in the post-individualist society.

/ Key questions /

Key questions to be discussed at the symposium include:

  • How is ‘sharing’ shaping cities? Does it represent a paradigm shift with tangible and physical reverberation on urban form? How are shared mobility, work, inhabiting, energy and food provision reconfiguring urban and social fabric?
  • Are new lifestyles and practices related to sharing changing the use and design of spaces? To what extent sharing is triggering a production and consumption paradigm shift to be reflected in urban arrangements and infrastructures?
  • Does sharing increase the intensity of use of space and assets or rather increases them to meet expectations of convenience for urban lifestyles?
  • To what extent are these phenomena fostering more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable practices and cities?
  • How can policy makers and municipalities interact with these bottom-up phenomena and grassroots innovation to create more sustainable cities?

/ Submission of contributions and prospect book /

The symposium represents an opportunity to advance answers to above and related questions, especially (but not solely) in the fields of urban studies, urban planning and design, service design, geography, sociology, anthropology, and innovation studies. Attendees of the symposium are expected to address the key topics with highly critical approach and grounded on research findings from fieldwork and real case-study experience; collection of observations, mapping and interpretation of emerging phenomena representing clues that we are experiencing the dawn of a new urban era.

Up to twelve contributions to the symposium will be selected upon the submission of an extended abstract (up to 1,500 words, plus references) via email at by 24th November 2017. Upon a double blind peer review by the scientific committee, selected contributions will be presented by the author(s) at the symposium. If interested, the full and revised version of the submitted contribution will be a chapter of a book to be proposed to highly ranked publisher.

 / Attending the symposium /

The symposium will be held on 5 to 6 March 2018, at Politecnico di Milano, in Milan.

There is no cost to attend and catering would be provided; however travel would be self-funded.

/ Important dates /

November 24 / Submission of extended abstracts

January 12 / Notification of acceptance

March 5-6 / Symposium in Milan

/ The team /

‘ShapringCities’ symposium is organised by the LabSimUrb ‘Fausto Curti’ research group at theDept. of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU) of Politecnico di Milano.

The research group is also involved in the European H2020 programme funded project ‘Sharing Cities’, more specifically in the context of the Milan municipality. Key questions to be addressed at the workshop emerged from this ongoing research.

Organising committee

Dr Giuseppe Salvia

Dr Eugenio Morello

Prof. Andrea Arcidiacono

Dr Barbara E.A. Piga

Scientific committee

Fabrizio Ceschin / Brunel University, UK

Grazia Concilio / Politecnico di Milano, IT

Mina di Marino / Norwegian University of Life Sciences, NO

Massimo Menichinelli / Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya, ES

Anna Meroni / Politecnico di Milano, IT

Carolina Pacchi / Politecnico di Milano, IT

Ivana Pais / Università Cattolica di Milano, IT

Gabriele Pasqui / Politecnico di Milano, IT

Piero Pelizzaro / Istituto Universitario di Venezia, IT

Laura Piscicelli / Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, NL

Emma Puerari / Delft, NL 

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