Solution proposed by:
AISA - Associazione Italiana Studenti di Architettura, Urbanita
In a Nutshell:
Sant'Anna Jamming is a co-design experiment which involves students, citizens and public administrations. The project is aimed at creating unique, innovative, sustainable and above of all feasible solutions in order to launch a collaborative process to regenerate Piazza Sant'Anna, a square in the heart of the historic center of Palermo.
Where and When:
Piazza Sant’Anna, Palermo, Italy. Started in November 2015, the end of the project is scheduled for April 2016.
Piazza Sant'Anna became pedestrian 1 year ago. Today it appears in its beauty but it is like an urban void, empty and unused. To restore its value we organized a thematic workshop for the students of the Department of Architecture of the University of Palermo, with the purpose of proposing creative and low-cost solutions to regenerate the space. The student ideas were uploaded on a web platform so that citizens could vote. The three most liked projects were presented to the Municipality and, basing ona minimum budget and the approval of citizens, the most appropriate will be financed.
Sant'Anna Jamming offers an innovative bottom-up approach to urban planning: starting from the analysis of a current issue, the objective is to find new creative solutions using lean processes involving the different actors who use the space everyday. This is possible if applying effective co-design and participation to the solution that finally will be implemented: here it's not Public Administration that plans urban interventions, not always suitable to spaces, but citizens who express their needs using the web and proposing a direct dialogue with the Public Administration, for a more livable urban space both for them and for tourists.
The idea is that people can foster changes with more durable effects than those produced by external administrative interventions. The collaborative process is a winning solution because it takes into account the plurality of interests and reestablishes the value of life in common. Using collaborative processes to solve urban challenges involving Public Administration, professionals and citizens, has a positive effect both in terms of efficiency and effectiveness of the solution for the territory. Citizens are involved in a democratic process that undoubtedly increases the social capital, both in terms of relation between citizens and public administration and between individual and collective social subjects, creating an effective social contract to face community challenges.
Palermo is a perfect lab to protype innovative and low-cost solutions. Even if the city has been facing for years a regeneration process specially in the historic center area, it is still in trouble with an extremely heavy bureaucratic system and not reactive citizens' habits. Working in cities like Palermo, with its criticisms is thus even more challenging. Trying to solve issues using innovative approaches offers to young generations the possibility to use creativity for their territory, giving a contribution to the community and offering to Public Administration a different and fresh point of view on the issues it is dealing with. Co-design turns into a a great tool for urban regeneration and creates a positive connection between the space and its users. In details, the historic center is becoming a pedestrian path and this rises some important issues: a new mobility system and the need for sustainable choices. Piazza Sant'Anna one of the main squares in Palermo which take its name from the baroque church that dominates it, after many years of abandonment and neglect, it is now free from the cars that saturated its area, so it appears today in its grandeur and beauty. Nevertheless, after its pedestrianization, it remained mostly empty. The proposed solution aims thus, starting from community needs, at giving a specific role to the square, that can be easily assimilated and able to create new and sustainable experiences for citizens, both in economic and administrative terms.
The design workshop involved 30 participants among future architects, planners and designers from UNIPA, in a creative 48 hours marathon to rethink the use of the square. The projects were presented to the audience during the third working day and the online survey for the voting of the proposals has registered more than 800 entries, waiting for a final decision of the Municipality. The solution rises the attention on some important issues both for citizens and public administration: proposing innovative and sustainable changes to improve the city livability.