Making sustainability transitions in collaborative spaces of making: Exploring opportunities and limitations in Turin

Amanda Brandellero*, Anna Niutta

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Abstract

In recent years, makerspaces and FabLabs have proliferated in urban settings. Such venues provide shared workspace, (digital fabrication) tools, and knowledge, lowering the barriers for citizens to engage in DIY (Do It Yourself), and the design and building of artefacts. In recent years, scholars have hailed the return of small-scale manufacturing, independent craft production and making practices to cities. This shift is by some seen as pre-figuring a more progressive and inclusive discourse on urban development, one that is attentive to local communities’ productive needs and opportunities, and that moves us away from the hitherto dominant consumption-centred paradigm of the creative city (Carr & Gibson, 2016; Grodach, 2017; Grodach et al., 2017). Drawing on empirical data collected in Turin in 2021, the paper investigates how and under what conditions community-led spaces centred on making may hold potential as sites of urban vitalism, reconfiguring production and consumption in more democratic, inclusive and sustainable ways. The findings consider a number of emerging tensions, relating to questions of regulating open access, managing community participation, and negotiating project-based versus changing habitual practices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104233
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalCities
Volume136
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Amanda Brandellero acknowledges the support of the support received by Dutch Research Council (project “Crafting future urban economies,” grant number VI.VIDI.195.160 ).

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