Governing the city in a post-crisis context: The case of Dublin

A seminar by Niamh Moore-Cherry
(University College Dublin)
Wednesday, April 27th 2016, 12.00 | 13.30
Aula Master, DAStU | 5th floor
School of Architecture Urban Planning and Construction Engineering | Politecnico di Milano


As has been well documented, the year 2008 marked the demise of what had been broadly heralded as the ‘Celtic Tiger’ economic miracle as a triple crisis (financial, fiscal and banking) took hold in Ireland. While much has been written about the banking element, the recent crisis was in large part the result of complex inter-relationships between real-estate, financial, planning and banking interests, concentrated particularly in urban settings. Norris and Byrne (2014) argue that one of the fundamental causes of the crisis in Ireland was planning and housing policy. The failures of the property sector, and the inadequacy of government policy in steering it appropriately, are perhaps best illustrated in the phenomenon of unfinished estates (Kitchin et al., 2014). Fox-Rogers and Murphy (2013) argue however that it is not just planning policy but the operation of planning – both formal and informal  – that demand more intense scrutiny. This paper examines the operation of planning in Dublin before, during and after the crisis. It highlights two key issues facing the development of the city-region today: derelict space and lack of affordable housing supply.  The paper illustrates the poor governance arrangements that underpinned planning in the city before 2008 and considers whether any substantive changes have been made that might impact on addressing the challenges currently faced.

Introduction and discussion: Lidia Manzo – Maynooth University and Politecnico di Milano (DAStU)
Discussants: Guido Anselmi – Università di Milano Bicocca,  Marta Cordini – Politecnico di Milano (DAStU), and Francesca Oleari – Università Cattolica di Milano

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MI GENERATION. New book release announcement: «MI GENERATION. The Governance Programme for Youth Policies of the City of Milan (2013-2014)»

The recent widespread tendency to approach youth policies as an emergency matter within the context of the economic crisis has undermined the attempt to build policies to strengthen the autonomy of young citizens. This attempt consists of cross-policies that are able to spur innovation, networking and opportunities to ease the transition to adult life.
These are the preconditions on which the Youth Department of the Municipality of Milan has participated to the tender promoted by the Regional Government of Lombardy for the creation of a youth policy plan aimed at testing new governance methods, which would both promote participation and representation.
What follows is an analysis of this first experimental governance model, for the years 2013 to 2014, and the result of the joint efforts of the Municipality offices and the four main Universities in Milan. The authors, whilst maintaining a critical point of view on the contemporary youth condition, invite the reader to consider the fundamental role of public institutions in converting the potential of new generations in the city of Milan into positive action within new urban contexts.
A very contemporary analysis, touching upon different relevant areas – studying, working, living, new participation networking forms- and encouraging the debate on new governance models aimed at promoting full participation and community activism in young people.

With an afterword by Giuliano Pisapia, Mayor of Milan city

(Published in Italian)

Copyright © 2015 Comune di Milano
ISBN 978-88-9405-101-8 (pdf)
ISBN 978-88-9405-100-1 (print)


Milano: il sistema delle politiche giovanili
Alessandro Capelli, Delegato del Sindaco di Milano alle Politiche Giovanili

Il “Piano Giovani” della città di Milano: dagli strumenti alla pratica di una governance aperta e partecipata
Lidia Katia C. Manzo, Politiche Giovanili del Comune di Milano

Percorsi di ricerca sulla prima annualità del ‘Piano Giovani’

Il mondo dei giovani e le politiche giovanili a Milano
Maria Grazia Gambardella e Carmen Leccardi, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

Condizioni e prospettive delle nuove generazioni: l’azione pubblica di Mi Generation Camp
Alessandro Rosina e Cristina Pasqualini, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
di Milano con il contributo di Mauro Migliavacca e Giulia Cordella

Una precaria ricerca di autonomia. I giovani come osservatorio per una riflessione sulle politiche dell’abitare sociale
Massimo Bricocoli e Stefania Sabatinelli, Politecnico di Milano

La partecipazione dei giovani al mercato del lavoro: il ruolo dei co-working spaces per i giovani freelance
Elanor Colleoni e Adam Arvidsson, Università degli Studi di Milano

Giuliano Pisapia, Sindaco del Comune di Milano

Gli Autori

Download the book here: Mi Generation

Scenes from the B1 panel discussion at #RC21Conference2015 #TheIdealCity

Surveilling the “proprietary powers”: Investigating urban image making as a process of ownership

@ISIA, Urbino (Italy) – August 28th 2015
David Chapin (CUNY Graduate Center), Lidia K.C. Manzo (Politecnico Milan), Scott Lizama (CUNY Graduate Center)

Civita, Cairo, Dubai, Bangalore, and Amsterdam: a fabulous panel session!




Occupy Chinatown >_<

Saturday June 27 – 7pm at the community garden Giardini in Transito

The students of the International MA in Urban Planning and Policy Design of Politecnico di Milano University will give a public talk based on their recent research projects in the neighborhood of Paolo Sarpi street, the so-called Milan Chinatown:

Tommaso Romagnoli, Victor Osei Kwadwo and Esther Deyanara will analyze the process of urban transformation of Paolo Sarpi street;
Valeria Barchiesi will talk about institutional relationships and community politics;
Diana Xheka will address everyday practices and uses of the neighborhood.

The presentations, in English and Italian, will be chaired by Lidia Manzo.

An exhibition of posters and photographs designed by the students will be set up in the garden.

100in1giorno Milano

Guest Lecture on (super)Gentrification in Brooklyn, June 5th 2015 12:00 @ Politecnico di Milano

FRIDAY 5th JUNE 2015, 12.00
Room T.1.3, Scuola di Architettura e Società, Politecnico di Milano
Via Ampère, 2 20133 Milano, MM2 Piola, Tram 23, 33

«Give me a break! I’m from Brooklyn, we’re not fancy»

A field and longitudinal study in Park Slope, New York City

Presentation and discussion of a doctoral research project on institutions, housing and lifestyles in a north-American (super)gentrification process

Guest lecture of Lidia Manzo organized by Giuliana Costa within the “Urban Sociology” course, International MA in Urban Planning and Policy Design – Politecnico di Milano

Download the flyer to know more: Seminar 5 giu 2015