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Signature of a cooperation agreement with the Muncipality of Bologna

In April 2022 City Space Architecture started to discuss with the Municipality of Bologna regarding the possibility to sign a cooperation agreement for the implementation of a biodiversity public gard

Posted on 23/12/13

Reactions from the residents

The Municipality of Bologna asked City Space Architecture to inform local residents – by sending an email to building administrators - about the contents of the cooperation agreement and to prov

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Renovation of the green infrastructure

The renovation of the green infrastructure, as outlined in the cooperation pact signed with the Municipality of Bologna, aimed to comprehensively redesign the green space. The municipality requested t

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Art event with Yari Miele on the occasion of the Art City White Night

The Italian artist Yari Miele created a site-specific installation at City Space Architecture headquarters and the biodiversity public garden for the Art City White Night of Arte Fiera. This internati

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Exhibition “Imagining Public Space with/for Her”

Presented within the framework of international initiatives developed by City Space Architecture, the exhibition aimed to trigger a crucial debate about public space analysed from a gender perspective

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Exhibition “European Prize for Urban Public Space”

In May 2023, City Space Architecture strengthened its ongoing cooperation with the CCCB – Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona with the intention of hosting in Bologna the exhibition of t

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In the fourth year, City Space Architecture successfully engaged residents, community members of different ages, cultural backgrounds, and interests, alongside researchers, scholars, local and regiona

Posted on 23/12/13

The Porto-Saragozza neighbourhood is the most populated of the six neighbourhoods of the city of Bologna, with 39,322 families and 69,416 residents, of which 8,553 are foreigners and 20,344 with a university degree. The average age is 46,9 years. The neighbourhood is mostly residential and quiet, without cultural venues and very little public life, although very rich in terms of heritage and natural landscape, with several villas and public parks.

A well known landmak is the Arco del Meloncello at the west end of via Saragozza, at the start of a portico leading up to the famous Sanctuary of San Luca, on top of a hill. In 2021, the 62 km of porticos in Bologna received UNESCO recognition and have been included in the World Heritage List as relevant civic identity.

Next to the Arco del Meloncello there are several parks serving as main recreational spaces, such as the one surrounding the public Villa delle Rose, managed by the Museum of Modern Art (Mambo) and the one surrounding the public Villa Spada, owned by the city; and the one surrounding the private Villa Benni used for social gatherings and events.


City Space Architecture’s headquarters is located very close to Arco del Meloncello and is the only cultural venue in this specific area of the Porto-Saragozza neighbourhood promoting community engagement, multicultural, transdisciplinary and intergenerational dialogues, engaging also artists and activists. In front of CSA’s headquarters there is small green spot, a left over space, that is providing some green relief next to residential buildings and a long line of parked cars. However, this green spot is intended only for transit and not for permanence, since it doesn’t have any benches or urban furniture that could facilitate its use.

This green spot is at the opposite side of the area along via Curiel where City Space Architecture implemented the parklet as a placemaking activity of A Visionary Place. “A Resilient Place” will develop activities on this green spot, creating a Biodiversity Garden which combines nature-based intervention with creative practice, fostering community awareness on climate issues and public participation with residents and local stakeholders. The Garden will include also several interventions from Italian and international artists who will contribute to the develooment of art-based interventions addressing climate issues.


City Space Architecture will promote a cooperation with the Municipality of Bologna, for the co-creation of the Biodiversity Garden, as a long-term urban commons, as part of the "Regulation on Collaboration between Citizens and the City for the Care and Regeneration of Urban Commons" promoted by the Municipality.

The Biodiversity Garden in Bologna will be implemented after the summer 2022, in cooperation with Bergonzini Vivai and will be officially presented to the local community and to regional stakeholders through small events. Preparatories activities will start in May 2022.


"A Resilient Place" will be centered around the notion of “environment, biodiversity and climate crisis” and will develop a process to foster awareness and co-creation of nature-based solutions in urban settings. The aim is to engage community members of different ages, cultural backgrounds and interests, together with researchers and scholars, local and regional stakholders, artists and curators and to promote innovation in knowledge and thinking on urban nature, stressing the artistic component of the intervention.

The activities of “A Resilient Place” will include:

- A workshop with the local community and stakeholders to present the intervention and receive comments and feedbacks

- A series of open air events at the Biodiversity Garden, to foster engagement and invite local residents to use and enjoy it everyday, with the engagement of artists.


“A Resilient Place” is also intended as an opportunity to develop community engagement, through physical interaction after the long period of isolation and confinement during the COVID-19 pandemic.


In accordance with the objectives of A-Place, the purpose of the planned activities will be:

- To promote artistic placemaking practices to foster imagination and re-thinking for local residents in regard of the places they inhabit, through workshops, art-based interventions and a rich case study of temporary transformation of space, both indoors and outdoors, as new places for social engagement.

- To create cross-disciplinary learning spaces with multiple perspectives addressing global challenges, with a particular focus on underused spaces and their potential to become community spaces through imaginative and innovative transformation, applying a research and art-based approach.

- To explore the role and exploit the potential of networked artistic practices by creating a resilient place for sharing knowledge and for discussing about the role of community as an agent of change for public space interventions, with regard also of the practices developed by the various organisations across the A-Place network.


City Space Architecture

Bergonzini Vivai





If you would like to have more information about these placemaking activities, please contact:

Luisa Bravo / luisa.bravo@cityspacearchitecture.org 


The activities will be carried out with the participation of the members of City Space Architecture in cooperation with:


- at the neighbourhood level, local stakeholders are residents, local communities and shop owners, artists and art collectives, private and public institutions, civil society organizations and grassroots movements.

- at the regional and national level, participants will be governments and public authorities, private museums and foundations, cultural associations, non-profit organizations, researchers and students.

- at the international level: A-Place partners, artists and activists, researchers, Universities


City Space Architecture

Collaborating institutions:

Municipality of Bologna

Bergonzini Vivai (Italy)