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Reframing spatial practices in processes of social inclusion of migrants and local communities in the reactivation of historic urban landscapes

Wulff, Federico and Brito, Oscar 2018. Reframing spatial practices in processes of social inclusion of migrants and local communities in the reactivation of historic urban landscapes. Presented at: Generosity, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, 27-29 June 2018. Published in: McVicar, Mhairi ed. Generosity Conference. Cardiff, UK: Cardiff University Press, p. 75.

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Abstract

In recent years, there has been an unprecedented exodus of persons displaced from conflict torn regions to Europe. In the third quarter of 2016, about 183,000 people were granted protection status by the European Union member states (Eurostat, 2017) that allowed them to become refugees. This is by far the most significant influx of people the European continent has experienced since WWII. So far, current European public urban management, planning models, urban and architectural design methodologies have proven to be unable to give creative, dynamic and sustainable responses to this complex and rapidly evolving crisis. In this context, it is crucial to reframe the role of architecture and spatial practices, as agents of social and spatial inclusion and regeneration at different scales. We are interested in analysing how participatory design strategies might facilitate a collective engagement of diverse communities in the reactivation of historic urban landscapes and how this foster the production of local social capital (Gaunlett 2011), nurturing empathetic communities and delivering ‘collaborative inclusion’ (Manzini, 2015) as a mean to assert their civic identity. This paper explores the potential that tactical urbanism and tactical placemaking have in articulating inclusive processes of spatial production in the public realm that might enable migrants, refugees and locals in risk of social and spatial exclusion, to participate in the (re)definition and (co)production of social space, fostering their active participation as an agent of their own resilient empowerment.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Publisher: Cardiff University Press
ISBN: 978-1-899895-27-4
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 January 2020
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2020 09:50
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/112752

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