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.

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 di Quartiere Gratosoglio, which focuses on participatory urban innovation — or more specific — such as the laboratorios convened during the drafting of the Regional Landscape Plan of Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Laboratorios can be standing organizations, like the "Laboratorios di Quartiere" in various municipalities, or temporary deliberative bodies set up during multi-stakeholder participatory initiatives. 

Origins and Development

How it Works

Analysis and Lessons Learned

See Also

Regional Landscape Plan of Friuli Venezia Giulia


Scenario Workshop 

"Santu Vitu Mia Reloaded" (San Vito, Italy)


External Links

Laboratorio di Quartiere in via Baroni 9 Facebook (Milan) 

Cicscene - Contratto di Quartiere II Gratosoglio - Milano (2012 - 2016)

Éupolis Lombardia - Valutazione Degli Esiti della Sperimentazione Laboratori Sociali di Quartiere