Circular economy and the role of universities in urban regeneration: the case of Ortigia, Syracuse

De Medici, S., Riganti, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-7763-3653 and Viola, S., 2018. Circular economy and the role of universities in urban regeneration: the case of Ortigia, Syracuse. Sustainability, 10 (11): 4305. ISSN 2071-1050

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Regeneration processes activate stable regimes of interaction and interdependence among the architectural, economic, cultural and social sub-systems in settlements. The thesis of this paper is that in order to progress towards sustainable and inclusive cities, urban governance should widen the decision-making arena, promoting virtuous circular dynamics based on knowledge transfer, strategic decision making and stakeholders’ engagement. The historic urban landscape is a privileged lab for this purpose. The paper adapts the Triple-Helix model of knowledge-industry-government relationships to interpret the unexpected regimes of interaction between Local Authority and Cultural Heritage Assets triggered in the late 90s by the establishment of a knowledge provider such as a Faculty of Architecture in the highly degraded heritage context of the city of Syracuse, Italy. Following this approach, the authors explain the urban regeneration happened over the last 20 years in the port city of Syracuse, based on knowledge sharing and resources’ protection that promoted processes of social engagement and institutional empowerment for both new residents and entrepreneurs.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sustainability
Creators: De Medici, S., Riganti, P. and Viola, S.
Publisher: MDPI
Date: 20 November 2018
Volume: 10
Number: 11
ISSN: 2071-1050
su10114305Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 05 Dec 2018 16:09
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2018 16:16

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