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Urban competitiveness and social innovations

Nov 8, 2019 | Opinions

(25 October 2019) – The 6th event to mark AEIDL’s 30th anniversary took place two weeks ago in Trentino-South Tyrol in northern Italy. The field visit explored issues of urban competitiveness, cultural production and social innovation.


Cross-pollination, belonging and the ‘culture of co- ‘ were red threads running through the trip, which began and ended with interventions at railway stations.

Urban competitiveness refers to the degree to which a city, or urban region, in comparison with other “competing” cities, is able to provide the jobs, income, cultural and recreational amenities, degree of social cohesion, governance and urban environment to which its current and targeted new residents aspire.

The field visit involved interactions with groups of professionals in the region who are going beyond standard social innovation approaches to urban competitiveness.

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