RESOLVE Masterclass in Reggio Emilia

How to reduce traffic in the city and support sustainable mobility? How to make urban centres more attractive, lively and attentive to people's needs?

These have been the hot topics of the RESOLVE Masterclass, organized in Reggio Emilia on 21st and 22nd of June. Two days of exchange and discussion among 25 representatives from 8 different European cities on the themes of urban regeneration and redevelopment of public spaces, coordinated by the expertise of the Erasmus Centre for Urban, Port and Transport Economics of Rotterdam and the “Humankind” Agency for Urban Change of Rotterdam.

The Masterclass focused on how to create attractive and people-centred public spaces through the use of tactical urbanism approach, not only by sharing innovative practices implemented by various European and international cities, but also by studying possible urban regeneration interventions in two squares in the city of Reggio Emilia: Piazza del Popol Giost in the historic center; and Piazza Pablo Neruda, in the Rosta Nuova district.

Both squares, presented by the Urban Planners of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, were analysed by the representatives of all partner cities with a particular attention to spaces’ liveability, services’ multifunctionality and concrete possibilities for citizens’ usability. On the basis of the critical issues encountered, possible proposals for improvement and redefinition of public spaces were shared with the technicians of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia and with the Deputy Mayor for Sustainability, Carlotta Bonvicini.