The words of participation - With an analysis of the altered relations between citizen and State, individual and community, in an internet society that has been destructured by the blows of globalisation, the present article argues that it is better not to close the debate on the inclusion of local communities in local area planning and governance processes. Sociologists may discuss the construction of a new public space, i.e. one where a common interest can be found, but in urban planning the central theme is that of engaging with a multiplicity of stakeholders and communities. Furthermore, the stretching apart of once convergent concepts of identity and location imposes the need to experiment with methodologies of integration between expert knowledge and local experience. In this way, the project is an opportunity for collective interpretation of transformations, and it sets in motion an ongoing process of learning and governance of landscape complexities.
Keywords: Public space; participation; community.