TECHNE 23 (2022): Inside the Polycrisis. The Possible Necessary
Essays and Viewpoint

Managing the eco-social transition: communities in action to build possible futures

Raffaella Riva
Dipartimento di Architettura, Ingegneria delle Costruzioni e Ambiente Costruito, Politecnico di Milano
Grazia Aldovini
Direzione Generale Autonomia e Cultura, Archivio di Etnografia e Storia Sociale, Regione Lombardia
Raul Dal Santo
Ecomuseo del Paesaggio, Città di Parabiago

Published 2022-03-16


  • Sustainability,
  • Participation,
  • Empowerment,
  • Inclusion,
  • Collective imagination

How to Cite

Riva, R., Aldovini, G., & Dal Santo, R. (2022). Managing the eco-social transition: communities in action to build possible futures. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (23), 62–68.


The pandemic, with its environmental and socio-economic crises, has highlighted the urgency of structural responses. Overcoming this polycrisis requires the reactivation of a community and identity dimension of places. Cultural institutions can play an important role in this process. This paper proposes a focus on the role of ecomuseums in the creation of resilient communities, able to renew themselves to respond to crises. The ecomuseum movement is strongly committed to the eco-social transition of communities and territories and offers good practices for the management of common goods, methods and tools for the recognition of local identities, joint decision-making, co-planning, the care of living cultural heritage, the integral development of the landscape and the monitoring of impacts.


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