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FirenzeProssima – Partecipa al Futuro (ForthcomingFlorence – Participate to the Future)

Florence, Italy

Promoting entity

Comune di Firenze


2020 - 2022

Type of experience:

  • Participatory planning
  • Workshop/meeting for diagnosis, monitoring, etc.
  • Public Hearing/Forum
  • E-government
  • Open government
  • Digital platforms

Objective of the experience

To improve the quality of public decision making through the mechanisms of participatory democracy.

FirenzeProssima (and FirenzeRespira, as part of the path) aims at planning the development of the city of the future, its strategic vision, and the more specific aspects, co-designing with the citizens/stakeholders the desired/expected transformations, also taking into account the challenges imposed by the pandemic and climate change, also explaining why some solutions are needed.

Territorial scope

Covers the entire territory

Thematic area

  • Culture
  • Environment/Climate change and/or urban agriculture
  • Governance
  • Housing
  • Job creation
  • Local development
  • Legal regulations
  • Social inclusion
  • Transport
  • Urban management

FirenzeProssimaParticipate to the future is the 2021/2022 participatory process supporting the co-design of the main urban planning tools of the City of Florence:

- Structural Plan (PS), a long-term Plan (15/20 years) to draw the vision for territorial development and protection;

- City Operational Plan (POC), a medium-term Plan (5 years) to define how to implement the PS in terms of urban transformation: buildings, infrastructures and services. The POC also includes the Green Plan, a strategic tool for the design and enhancement of green areas, both public and private, as an asset for the community well-being.

FirenzeProssima aims at promoting citizens’ participation involving different targets (with a special focus to young people) in designing the “city of tomorrow”, for the benefit of the whole local community as well as enabling quality improvement of public decision making.

Based on the past experiences such as the “Marathons of Listening”, FirenzeProssima capitalized on the outcomes of “RinasceFirenze”, the 2020 citizens’ engagement process collecting 7845 online questionnaires to define the post-pandemic city recovery plan. It was realized also in coordination with “FirenzeRespira”, the participatory process for the drafting of the Green Plan (as part of the City Operational Plan) and consists of 3 phases:

(i) Design stage to prepare actions, taking into account the institutional and socio-economic context (mapping of actors/stakeholders, technical documents and guide for participants)

(ii) Open dialogue with citizens/stakeholders through:

- 3 Focus Groups: 30 economic actors (trade unions, entrepreneurs, professionals, associations);

- 6 Online meetings with citizens (1 kick-off plus 5 District’s meetings): 300 participants;

- Itinerant Labs in 10 squares equipped as workstations: 273 participants;

- 5 Public meetings in presence around thematic issues supported by facilitators: 235 participants;

- interactive online/offline map as open device for participation: 1700 proposals collected

- Urban Innovation Lab: 68 students from 5 universities and design schools, 18 project ideas collected.

(iii) Outcomes showcase through:

- an interactive online exhibition;

- a public exchange event with 200 participants;

- reports available on the FirenzeProssima website and spread through social networks.

The recommendations emerged were divided into 2 classes: long-term (15/20 years, for Structural Plan) and short-term inputs (5 years, for City Operational Plan) and subsequently gathered into five thematic areas (“Florence works”; “Florence moves”; “Florence dwells”; “Florence lives”; “Florence regenerates”).

These inputs allow the Municipality to translate the needs and suggestions expressed by citizens/stakeholders into operational indications for planning tools.

This shared building up process has strengthened the citizens’ sense of belonging to the community as they felt protagonists in designing the vision of the “city of tomorrow” with the recognition of their ideas and proposals into the draft plans.

Furthermore, citizens have become familiar with urban planning tools and the related technical and procedural flows, developing a greater awareness of the policy decision making process.

The Plans are already available online and after the ongoing final consultation stage for additional comments, a Municipality interdepartmental group will update the POC and PS for the approval by the City Council.

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