This paper proposes a reflection on innovative perspectives of city development, realized through urban re-use practices as re-functionalization and re-signification interventions of the urban voids. In this context, creativity becomes the central category to interpret the transfor-mations taking place in the contemporary city. The case studies of OZ Officine Zero and Pro-ject 33-Officina delle idee in Latium identify the potential for creative re-use, to implement a transversal network for social-economic and local development. In the institutions, this strate-gy can find a supporting role to satisfy the needs and aspirations of the territory.
Keywords: Creativity, re-use, local development, community, integrated planning, social inno-vation