Quality of Governance and Quality of Life

  • Massimo Sargolini
Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)


In the early 1300s, Ambrogio Lorenzetti created two cycles of frescoes about “good and bad governance” in the city hall in Siena’s Piazza del Campo (Fig. 35.1). The effects of good governance on the city are used to illustrate the quality of life in a medieval city, show some construction aspects of the housing, and show the historical state of a splendid urban context in which people lived joyfully in a climate of happy social coexistence. This historical period ranged from 1287 to 1348, during which time the learned Governo dei Nove (three representatives for each third of the city chosen for a rotation of a few months) favoured the wide, episodic participation of citizens in government. This allowed for a period of peace and splendour cut short only by the arrival of the black plague, which marked the end of an extraordinary historical period.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Architecture and Design, University of CamerinoAscoli PicenoItaly

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