Turin, formerly the center of Italian car and manufacturing industry, in the 80s experienced a deep demographic and industrial crisis. It then started a positive deal by radically remodeling the urban fabric. The transformations were not only physical but economic, cultural and social. The approval of the Town Master Plan in 1995 started the process, followed by the Metropolitan Strategic Plans in 2000 and 2006. A new strategic plan is currently being drafted. The most radical projects are: the transfer of the railway line that cuts the city in two undergrounds and the building of the first subway line. New urban transformations include recycling modern ruins, temporary use of unused sites, and the realization of a new subway line followed by infrastructure, settlement and landscape design projects, integrating public mobility and new spaces.

The City promotes the involvement of many actors through workshops, press conferences, public debates, exhibitions, videos and a web site.

The City of Turin has, in the last 20 years, developed a great experience not only in urban transformations, but also in putting into place participatory processes aimed at involving the citizenship and main relevant stakeholders. The role of Turin in the project would be to transpose this experience to an international network, by sharing its good practices and learning from the knowledge that other cities can offer. Some organizations and institutions will be involved in order to bring more expertise in the concerned sphere of discussion. The main partners would be the Urban Center Metropolitano and the Politecnico di Torino (DAD and SiTI Institute) that are able to reach wide groups of interest (students, citizens, NGO's, associations). These institutions, as well as the City of Turin, are also able to reach important communication channels and other national and international institutions able to give contributions to the partnership in the field of urban transformation.