Re-planning collective spaces to rediscover our roots 2018


The University of Padua has coordinated the organisation of Lab#2 “Re-planning collective spaces to rediscover our roots”, in collaboration with the Municipality of Sabaudia (IT)

Location/ Dates: The New Town Lab#2 took place in  Sabaudia  (Italy), 16/05/2018  to  17/05/2018

Short description:  The Lab#2 “Re-planning collective spaces to rediscover our roots” focused on public spaces as places of inclusion. 80 students from the class of “Urban Planning and Lab” held by prof. Dunia Mittner started to explore during the Lab in Padua five locations in Bella Farnia estate, 7km outside Sabaudia, where two distinct groups co-exist: the Italian middle class and a Punjab (Indian) Sikh community that works in the municipal territory’s many greenhouses. The aim was to study how collective spaces –piazzas, parks, markets and public transport hubs –could contribute to making our contemporary cities more inclusive and socially and culturally cohesive. The students’ studies in Bella Farnia provided a basis for discussion during the lab.

The day of  16/05/2018   was dedicated to the Introduction to the Lab, the tour of the City Center, the tour of the Sourroundings and the Suburb of Bella Farnia, object of the Lab

The day of  17/05/2018 was dedicated to the Conference, the Work-shop with the Students and the International Delegates and the Final Discussion

Participation: The project involved about 80 students of the 2 year class “Urban Planning and Lab” of the Degree in Architectural Engineering, together with prof. Dunia Mittner, arch. Sebastiano Roveroni and arch. Marco Stecca from the DICEA Department of the University of  Padua (Italy); 3 members from the Municipality of Sabaudia and about 100 citizens.

Outcomes: more information about the theme, the planning and historic context and the public event and the workshop in Sabaudia, please visit: link:


The project «New Towns, Arrival Cities» was funded with the support of the European Union under the Programme "Europe for Citizens"

The two-year project “New Towns Arrival Cities”, led by the Municipality of Nissewaard and coordinated by the International New Town Institute, is a platform for knowledge exchange between six European New Towns and four research institutions on the topic of migration and the role of cultural diversity in shaping contemporary multicultural society. The project consisted of five two-day “New Town Labs” looking at the main theme through different lenses: art and culture (Lab#1 – Milton Keynes, UK), public spaces as drivers of inclusion (Lab#2 – Sabaudia, IT), processes of urban citizenship (Lab#3 – Grand Paris Sud,FR), adapting the welfare state model infrastructures (Lab#4 – Vällingby, SE) and the need of a new alliance government-citizens (lab#5 – Nissewaard, NL). While placing migration at the centre of the reflection, the 'New Towns, Arrival Cities' project has brought together European city representatives, researchers, students, citizens, local migrant communities, universities, local associations, experts and engaged them in a series of intercultural events which have directly involved 710 people and 76 international delegates representing ten partners’ institutions.

To know more about the scope of the programme, the cities’ contexts and urban development, the activities’ programme, participants and local organisations involved, please visit the project website:

Partners of the project are:
Milton Keynes Council (
University of Padua (
Municipality of Sabaudia (
Grand Paris Sud (
School of Architecture, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (
Municipality of Vällingby (
Municipality of Nissewaard (
Aarhus School of Architecture (
Municipality of Aarhus (
International New Town Institute: (