Arts and cultural activities, Community development

CONCRETE Generative Tactical Urban Transformation

Community co-design to expand the possibilities of using public space through art, design and physical movement


Who is behind this?

Michele Santella

Wallness Club


Who is joining forces?

LAN Laboratorio architetture naturali, Bari


Ha-Ha Studio Landscapes Gardens Cities


At the moment we have agreements with our partner, for the design phases. Toghether will work on architectural elements, outdoor furniture, green development and sport activitities


Idea pitch

CONCRETE brings tactical urban planning into the disadvantaged areas of the province of Bari. Citizens, designers, artists, architects will co-design and implement the project, which aims to expand the possibilities of using public space, making it interactive. The transformation of space becomes a metaphor for the potential for change, for the various aspects of individual and social growth. In light of the current historical moment we intend to encourage reflection on how to use public spaces.

Where will your project idea take place?

Bari, South Italy, in one of its neighboring towns in the Puglia region.

What is the specific societal challenge faced by this region?

The atmosphere in the province of Bari does not promote a vibrant social life, and opportunities for the young people who do not study and do not work are lacking. The participation rate of young people and adults in non-formal education and training is half the Italian average value. In these areas there is a sense of abandonment with repercussions on the economic situation and sense of community.
Cultural stimuli are limited, and left to individual initiatives or associations that often have a localistic character. The intervention of tactical urban planning aims to transform the suburbs into a gathering space, while also improving aesthetics.
We intend to create a space dedicated to public art, urban design and sport.

Who are you doing it for?

The project is open to the whole community.
The CO-PLANNING process will involve: people living in the area who are interested in the project, school-age students (age 11-18 years) and their families and associations operating in the area.
Priority of the training activities will be given to teenagers and young people (15-24 years) who do not study and do not work (NEET).
Public institutions are also among the beneficiaries of the project, as they will be able to participate, as listeners, in the co-planning tables, experimenting with the main tools for community involvement in participatory processes.

How do you plan to get there?

The completion of the project involves two main phases: CO-PLANNING and REALIZATION. In each of them there will be training and practical activities in the field.
The co-planning involves initial informal contacts with local associations and citizens, to listen to their needs and opinions on the space.
Online participation will be promoted. Then, the project will be presented at a public event. A calendar of activities will be defined and applications for working groups will be collected, to organize a workshop with every group. Then, the project will be designed with artists, designers and architects.
The transformed space will be shared in a day of celebration, to which all participants will be invited. All phases of the project will be documented and shared with the public.

What are the expected results?

The results we want to achieve are of collective and individual nature.
The community will benefit from a redeveloped space, more beautiful and functional, responding exactly to their expectations and needs.
The practice of co-design and the collective realization will generate cultural growth, a sense of belonging and care for space, which will be fundamental to management. Our goal is to share the skills that can allow replication of this type of project in the future.
The community would have had dealt with tactical urbanism, an innovative practice that involves art, culture, community activities and sport.
The training of those who will take on active roles will allow them to increase their skills in management of cultural projects and in encouraging community participation.

How does your idea strengthen active citizenship at a local and community level?

The creation of an interactive play area expands the possibilities of use and perception of public spaces. It can transform an anonymous space into a public work of art, which can also encourage citizens to participate in new recreational, sporting and cultural activities. The co-design and the collaborative process of realization generates a strong sense of belonging and respect that lead to the care and future management of the space.
CONCRETE wants to constitute a new meeting point with and for the inhabitants, within which the passion for sport, outdoor play activities and art become the lever of a profound re-appropriation of public space.

Why is this idea important to you?

The idea to make a tactical urban intervention intends to give further value to the work that we do every day to spread the knowledge of the contemporary urban culture, of which we take an active role.
We believe that imagining, creating, bringing together minds, skills and sensitivity, can generate beauty, well-being, positivity, satisfaction and happiness, as shared values. This energy can generate a huge motivational charge, which involves us together with all the other subjects participating in the creative process and creation of an artwork.
This practice of imagining collectively teaches us to solve problematic situations in a diplomatic way, to live new and educational experiences and improve ourselves in the choices we make in everyday life.

€ 50000,-

Total budget

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

Major expenses


What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

We would like to receive advice on public relations, sponsor research and partnership, on how to improve the image of the project on and off line, how to have support in administrative management. Any feedback received can help improve the quality of our work.


Michele Santella


Lieti Biagio

Nico Skolp

Idea created on May 27, 2020
Last edit on May 28, 2020

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