Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to invite you to submit a paper for the special issue CONTESTI 1 | 2023 WASTELANDS. Recycling urban spaces for the shrinking city edited by Francesco Gastaldi (Università Iuav di Venezia) & Federico Camerin (Universidad UVA de Valladolid-Universidad Politécnica de Madrid-Grupo de Investigación en Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Sostenibilidad) (

This issue of CONTESTI aims to stimulate an international debate on decommissioning and shrinkage processes through: 1) outlining similarities and differences in the management of public real estate assets in a specific case study, but also in comparison – and in relation – with other types of voids (e.g. private properties). 2) Interpreting, in term of policy methodologies and tools, the effects of the decommissioning and redevelopment processes affecting abandoned assets and territories in terms of public-private relations, partnerships between public bodies at different administrative levels, institutional learning processes, and socio-economic repercussions at urban and territorial scales. 3) Highlighting urban issues tied to wastelands in relation to processes, approaches, and models of urban planning, strategic planning, and urban design. 4) Understanding the reasons and pivotal points underlying unsuccessful and successful re-cycling, as well as the opportunities and inertia of ongoing regeneration processes in connection with emerging issues and new experiments in territorial governance.

There is no cost for publishing the papers and the accepted papers will be open access. The text can be edited in one of the three allowed languages (Italian, Spanish and English).

all information regarding 'Contesti. Città, Territori, Progetti' can be found on the website
For further information:
- on the paper's structure, please refer to the journal's contact details at,
- on editorial standards,
- on the essay submission process,

We hope that everything is clear and that the call for papers may be of your interest. If you wish, you may disseminate it to your network.

Federico Camerin