There are two founders of urbanita, but if we look at the geographical locations of their studies, it would seem we are talking of at least ten people. Deborah Navarra, after studying and working in Barcelona, Dublin and New York in the field of interior design and graduating in Architecture and Urban Design at La Sapienza, she specialised at the Bartlett - University College of London, receiving her MSc in Building and Urban Design in Development. After that she worked in urban regeneration in Seoul, Bronx, Beirut, PhnomPenh, London and Palermo. Sharon Ambrosio is also an architect, with a degree from the Politecnico di Milano, an urban and social strategy expert – she also studied at Bartlett – specialised in urban development, with a specific interest in the southern hemisphere and disputed areas with regeneration projects. Some of the places she has worked: New York and Cambodia. There are, therefore, many and many metropolitan experiences converging into urbanita.
Urbanita is a strategic, experimental elaboration of processes that are both creative and cooperative, dedicated to urban regeneration and social innovation. The creative, technological and social aspect of urban realities is mixed with a collaborative system that connects the main stakeholders – public administration, citizens and private companies – providing everyone with the opportunity to take part in change and planning in the city. Urbanita is therefore above all a method that activates and keeps up the dialogue between the various players who act in the territory. It coordinates their needs and proposals, so that everyone, from the local committee to the professional, can take part in a constructive interaction.
The story has been written by Gabriele Di Fronzo, writer