Territorial Capital institute (TCi) is a virtual knowledge platform for territorialists.
TCi explores tools and methods to map and unlock the human and ecological capital of a given territory or space, aiming at a more sustainable territorial development.
Territories are both urban and non-urban spaces. While more than half of human kind is living in cities lets not omit the smaller half living and working in rural villages and towns.
There is a lot to say for stepping up metropolitan governance as the connective tissue between local and global planning. However, urban-rural complementarities and partnerships are equally important, including preserving and restoring fragile eco-systems in and outside urbanised territories.
Overall, the ‘territorial capital’ approach has its focus on the active and dormant or potential assets that can increase the capital base of given spaces and places. Territorial planning should enable validating positive capital and reversing negative capital of given territories or spaces. Territorial cohesion is the act of ‘territorial capitalization’ or balancing out the needs and aspirations of all territorial ‘share-holders’, including non-human species. Territorial justice is the complementary act of a human rights based planning approach – with equal access to opportunities and commons for all – ‘leaving no one and no place behind’, to paraphrase the motto’s of the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.
Theory & Praxis
Our motto is bringing theories into praxis and vice versa. ‘Praxis’ (from Ancient Greek πρᾶξις) is the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, embodied, or realized. ‘Praxis’ may also refer to the act of engaging, applying, exercising, realizing, practicing or co-creating ideas. ‘Engaging’ is crucial, hence the stress on co-creating urban and non-urban territories in a more interactive way than the traditional one-way ‘consultation’ of people and stakeholders. Hence, Placemaking is considered as the voluntary act on co-creating better places for humans and other species to thrive, harnessing and bolstering its capital assets.
Non-Profit Knowledge Platform
TCi is an independent non-governmental and non-profit knowledge platform established by a group of passionate professionals in the domains of urban and regional planning (spatial planning), territorial governance, environmental planning, architecture and engineering, applied geography, mobility and transport planning; and open to other related knowledge-fields such as territorial legislation, economic and financial planning, just naming a few.
TCi is knowledge-based by capitalizing on cutting edge theories and evolving insights in all territorial capital related knowledge domains. Yet, TCi is also, if not mainly experience-based by capitalizing on inspiring practices around the world; not solely so called ‘best practices’. At times we can learn more from so called ‘failed experiences’ for boosting the territorial capital of a given space.
TCi supports the establishment and improvement of governance policies, plans and designs with the aim to boost the territorial capital of given spaces and places, at all scales from transnational to street-level.
TCi believes in ICT as a potential enhancer of mapping and unlocking territorial capital, provided it is integrated in the aforementioned territorial policy frameworks. Smart Cities and Regions are smart in understanding and validating their territorial assets in a balanced way.
TCi supports the implementation of global/UN policy frameworks related to the enhancement of territorial capital, in particular the Sustainable Development Goals, the Climate Accords and the New Urban Agenda. TCi aims at exploring and providing tools to support a territorialised implementation of these and related global policy frameworks.
TCi is network-oriented and thus open for exchange and cooperation with other institutions and organisations aiming at enhancing territorial capital and sustainable development, including academic institutions, local and international NGO’s, governmental institutions (local, regional and national), and professional bodies.
TCi is based in Athens, the capital of Greece and one of the cradles of human/urban civilisation and territorial capitalization – e.g. through the innovative establishment of the Athens City State during Ancient time, including the emergence of (aristocratic) urban democracy and the application of basic urban planning centered around sacred spaces (Acropolis) and civic places (Agora) – the public commons. More than ever, the public commons are to be (re)considered as the core of the human capital of cities and regions.
As an open platform, TCi visitors are warmly invited to contribute to this virtual ‘agora’ with their opinions and experiences.
TCi is also happy to share its evolving insights in the outer/real world – through participation in policy development & implementation, research programs, capacity training programs, conferences, magazines and other publications. Bio’s of TCi members are available on this platform.