Promoting the right to the city from below: experiences of co-creation in Europe

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Irene Escorihuela, Director, Observatory for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ODESC)

Historically, social movements and neighbourhood associations have shaped the territory through their struggles and demands. Today, the municipalist movement is creating unprecedented possibilities for achieving the right to the city, not only through government proposals but also due to a new approach to the demands made by urban movements. The co-creation of cities can throw up dangerous examples, such as the administration committing to collaborating with the private sector, legitimising the privatisation of public space or the commercialisation of buildings, equipment and resources. However, co-creating the city from a rights perspective in partnership with civil society requires thinking about and designing engines of change for cities as common goods.