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Urban Living Lab for Local Regeneration

Beyond Participation in Large-scale Social Housing Estates

  • Provides an interdisciplinary approach to urban regeneration
  • Presents cases studies and tools for urban regeneration
  • Discusses an analysis of differentiated contexts and approaches
  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

Part of the book series: The Urban Book Series (UBS)

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction: Framing Living Labs in Large-Scale Social Housing Estates in Europe

    • Nele Aernouts, Francesca Cognetti, Elena Maranghi
    Pages 1-15Open Access
  3. A Critical Overview on Urban Living Labs in Large-Scale Social Housing Estates

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 17-17
    2. Governing with Urban Living Labs

      • Serge Wachter
      Pages 39-52Open Access
  4. Positioning Research(ers) in Large-Scale Social Housing Estates

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 83-83
  5. Approaching Space in Large–Scale Social Housing Estates

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 139-139
    2. Peterbos: Living in the Park, Inhabiting the City

      • Paola Viganò, Bertrand Plewinski, Guillaume Vanneste, Nicolas Willemet
      Pages 155-174Open Access
    3. Confusing the Spatial with the Social: Can Ethnography Offer a Way Out?

      • Jeanne Mosseray, Nele Aernouts
      Pages 191-205Open Access

About this book

This open access book provides an integrated overview of the challenges and resources of large-scale social housing estates in Europe and outlines possible interdisciplinary approaches and tools to promote their regeneration. It especially focuses on the tool of urban living labs, as promising in promoting new and more effective local governance and in including the different actors into the planning process. The book combines theory and practice, since it is the result of action-research conducted in different social housing estates all over Europe.


Building on the results of the SoHoLab project (2017–2020), the book benefits from a multidisciplinary perspective, since the researchers involved belong to the fields of anthropology, urban planning, architecture, urban sociology. The project combined theoretical reflections with the installation and/or the consolidation of Urban Living Labs, run by universities, in large social housing estates in three European cities: Brussels, Milan and Paris.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Geography, Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel, Belgium

    Nele Aernouts

  • Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

    Francesca Cognetti

  • Milano, Italy

    Elena Maranghi

About the editors

Nele Aernouts is an assistant professor at the Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her research focuses on the spatial design, planning and governance of social and collective housing and processes of in- and exclusion that go along with it. Theoretically, it is informed by studies and debates about participatory planning, housing policy and the commons.


Francesca Cognetti is Associate Professor of Planning and Urban Policies at the Politecnico di Milano and the Rector’s Delegate to Public Engagement. Her teaching and research concentrate on public/social housing, social inequalities and the right to the city. She coordinates field labs and action research in deprived contexts, employing a collaborative, policy design-based approach.


Elena Maranghi is architect and urban planner, she has been a research assistant (post-doc) at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (Politecnico di Milano). Since 2013, she hasbeen a part of Mapping San Siro action-research group. Her research activities focus on social housing, local competencies, co-designed urban regeneration, and urban living labs in marginalized areas. She currently works for the Municipality of Genoa (Italy).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Urban Living Lab for Local Regeneration

  • Book Subtitle: Beyond Participation in Large-scale Social Housing Estates

  • Editors: Nele Aernouts, Francesca Cognetti, Elena Maranghi

  • Series Title: The Urban Book Series

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-19748-2

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-19747-5Published: 12 November 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-19750-5Published: 12 November 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-19748-2Published: 11 November 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2365-757X

  • Series E-ISSN: 2365-7588

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 205

  • Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Human Geography, Public Policy, Geography, general

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Softcover Book USD 49.99
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Hardcover Book USD 59.99
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  • Durable hardcover edition
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