Laboratorio (Workshop)

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In Italian public administration, 'laboratorio' is a general term used to refer to a formal space or planned instance of multi-actor engagement and participation. Laboratorios can be standing organizations - like the "Laboratorios de Quartiere" in various municipalities - or temporary deliberative bodies set up during multi-stakeholder participatory initiatives. 

Problems and Purpose

In general, laboratorios - either standing or temporary - bring together different actors (citizens, experts, officials etc.) around a single issue. The issue can be quite broad - such as the Laboratorio de Quartiere Gratosoglio which focusses on participatory urban innovation - or more specific - such as the laboratorios convened during the drafting of the Regional Landscape Plan of Friuli Venezia Giulia.


Participant Selection

Deliberation, Decisions, and Public Interaction

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

Analysis and Lessons Learned

Secondary Sources

External Links

Laboratorio di quartiere alla casetta verde di via Odazio, Milano:

Laboratorio di Quartiere in via Baroni 9 (Milan):




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