Online platform and local innovation: participated urban development

Internet seems to be the most important tool, which contemporary society has for a sensitive development for future cities. Crowd sourcing platforms can help the community to take care about the place they live in. Online platforms seem to lead an important role in the future development of our cities. Not less it seems to be a well-rounded solution for post-disaster cities. The great potential, that the web has, to connect people, share ideas and make it real, is the present of our cities.

23 August 2005 New Orleans
6 April 2009 L’Aquila, Italy
12 January 2010 Haiti
27 February 2010 Chile
11 March 2011 Sendai

All these cities experienced a post disaster situation. It seems that the first compelling need was to give an economic recovery to the country, but the most important role about the reconstruction is played by the community and its involvement on the rebuilding.
For example after hurricane Katrina, a system was apllied, which allowed the citizens to get informed, helped to generate actions of intervention and to avoid the disintegration of the community. The creation of platforms like this, in order to connect different stakeholders and measure the results of the strategies of the regional reconstruction, was an important tool to spread knowledge about the situation and a good way to control the results achieved.
The important role of a coordination program and a strategy of reconstruction has a relevant aspect, which consists in participated reconstruction. Creating a network of people, spreading information and making it simple is the opposite solution to the massive intervention by external governance, which in most cases, when the emergency is high, seems to have no interest in the community. In this entire background internet is a successful contemporary tool that helps realize a sensitive reconstruction.

The word about we speak is ‘local innovation’ and the performances flow between web and territory. The transformations of our cities go through the potential for self-organization of the social network for participatory projects. Actually there are a lot of online platforms, with the common purpose to connect people and share ideas about the city they live in and then transform it into reality. is a project of cultural planning for cities to play through the creativity of social networks: to reinvent public space between the web and territory.

For the city of L’Aquila: a laboratory for the rebuilding of the city of L’Aquila. It is an organization, whose aim is to connect people and to give to the city a right rebuilding with the participation of the community itself. an open platform to control the resources for the reconstruction.

Other interesting projects for a sensitive reconstruction, in different countries are: a collective team working on exploring the potentials of using reclaimed building materials for a sensitive post-disaster reconstruction that includes cultural values and the retention of heritage by means of material reuse and recycling. a non-profit and no-politically humanitarian organisation, whose goal is to contribute to a positive development for Haiti.

But not at all other networks have a similar goal to connect people and crate an involved development of the city they live in. a collaborative platform to share ideas and stories about urban transformation. The City 2.0 gives a voice to the masses, allowing anyone to share their ideas and stories about urban experience and cultivating a better future city. a network forum that brings together the international project partners of the Wasteland Twinning Network from across Europe, Asia, USA and Australia, in order to examine often invisible perspectives on power relations, land use, urban development and ecology of the cities involved. It is a catalyst for collaborative research approaches, critique and experimentation. a platform about the future development of Berlin, which connects citizens and allows to share ideas about the city. It becomes also an indicator of life qualities in the city. a crowd funding platform for neighbourhood improvement projects. It gives community members the chance to beautify their public spaces. Users can pitch their own ideas, receiving fundraising and technical assistance. a collaborative platform for sharing ideas about urban development. A digital platform where city residents can express their needs, share their ideas and discuss others' suggestions. It connects community members in an effort to generate change in their neighbourhoods based on the ideas posted online. a digital outlet to share ideas and engage in dialogue about urban improvement. online crowd sourcing platform focused on local development, that allow to get involved in local development and give a new way to interact with local community.