About the Co-Cities Project


LabGov Georgetown is co-host to the groundbreaking international applied research project: the “Co-Cities Project." It is directed by  Professor Foster as part of LabGov Georgetown.

The Co-Cities project is designed to test, evaluate, and refine the Co-City Methodology through a scientific, multi-year project focused on collecting data on innovative public policies and local projects focused on shared urban resources from over 100 cities around the world.

A map of the world showing where all of the more than 100 co-city projects are located

The Co-Cities project investigates those new forms of collaborative city-making that are leading urban areas towards new forms of participatory urban governance, inclusive economic growth and social innovation. It is rooted on the conceptual pillars of the urban commons, and it comprehends a protocol, a methodology and five design principles that are in the process of being tested in selected European and American cities. A “Co-City” is based on urban co-governance which implies shared, collaborative, polycentric governance of the urban commons and in which environmental, cultural, knowledge and digital urban resources are co-managed through contractual or institutionalized public-private-community partnerships.

A bunch of diffrent hands (drawings) in different colors looking very eager to speak, shooting up toward the top of the pictureCollaborative, polycentric urban governance involves different forms of resource pooling and cooperation between five possible actors: social innovators (i.e. active citizens, city makers, digital collaboratives, urban regenerators, community gardeners, etc.), public authorities, businesses, civil society organizations, and knowledge institutions (i.e. schools, universities, cultural institutions, museums, academies, etc.). These partnerships give birth to local peer-to-peer experimental, physical, digital and institutional platforms with three main aims: fostering social innovation in urban welfare provision, spurring collaborative economies as a driver of local economic development, promoting inclusive urban regeneration of blighted areas. Public authorities play an important enabling role in creating and sustaining the co-city. The ultimate goal is to create a more just and democratic city.


A picture of the city of Bologna, in Italy, from aboveActive Co-City Projects are Underway in Six Cities:


 

 

Co-Bologna

Co-NYC

Co-Mantova

Co-Battipaglia

Co-Roma

Co-Reggio Emilia

 


Headshot of Christian IaioneMeet the Co-Cities Project Principal Investigators & Members.

 


 

 

The word blog in blue surrounded by other blog-related words, forming a circle around itRead the Co-Cities Blog.

 


 

 

 

a picture of gentrification Read Sheila Foster's Recent Blog Post, "Gentrification Reconsidered: An Ambitious Framework for Equitable Urbanism," from May 2018. 

 

 

 

Headshot of Sheila FosterReview a Powerpoint Presentation by Sheila Foster on the Co-Cities Project.


 

 

 

 

Idylic village by the sea, looks European For a Deeper Dive, Review the Co-City Research & Resources, or the many publications by Foster & Iaione.

 


 

 

Picture of a Map of the world with a figurine of a man standing on it, located in EuropeView a Map of all the Co-Cities.

 


 

 


For More Information

The Co-cities project map

Visit the Co-Cities Project website.