What is on-site cultural planning ?

Art and creative practices can redefine public space and contribute to redesigning territory. How? Proposing a vision and innovative methods of investigating urban landscapes in relation to their social and cultural context; enhancing the suburbs and the Italian cultural heritage; stimulating processes of participation and change.

Based on its twenty-year experience in art and participatory practices in the public realm, Connecting Cultures will guide participants in Out of Place as they acquire the interdisciplinary skills that are indispensable for involving communities and coordinating creative practices in urban and rural areas with the aim of social inclusion and sustainable micro economies.

Why sign up?

Out of Place offers a training course with innovative tools for the development and shared management of marginalised rural and urban areas of Italian cities.
During the various phases of the course, participants will have the opportunity to take part in and understand the initial and developing phases of a cultural project and its short and long-term effects on a specific area of interest.
New models of territorial enhancement and management (such as community enterprises) need to take into account criteria of sustainability and inclusion; contemporary cultural planning must act horizontally, with professionals from different disciplines learning from each other and discussing their approach with local stakeholders.
A project based on creative practices requires a capacity for coordination and interaction among different subjects (artists, cultural operators, communities and local authorities), in order to activate and inspire original points of view about their own living space, and new forms of management of the commons.


Who is it for?

University graduates, PhD students and researchers from the Faculties of Architecture, Design, Urban Planning, Geography, Visual Arts, Sociology, Anthropology and Fine Arts Academies.

Public Administration officials; Architects and planners.
Curators and artists (visual arts, cinema, documentary, theater).
Cultural and third sector operators (cultural associations, local authorities, non profits, foundations).


Designing and enhancing the landscape and its hidden potential through creative practices.
Learning Action-Research techniques (mapping the area, data collecting on landscape, audience development, interviews, local reconnaissance).
Building skills and sharing procedures with participants in order to apply for public and private grant applications.
Identifying and making use of “the commons” through shared management between local authorities, citizens and/or residents.
Increasing the value of local heritage (cultural, landscape, material and immaterial) through generative and participatory actions.
Developing territorial and intercultural mediation strategies aimed at local communities and experts working in the field of culture.