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Involving Citizens in the Reuse and Regeneration of Urban Peripheral Spaces

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

Abstract

The issue of suburb regeneration is highly relevant today. Current urban planning approaches are mainly focused on large and permanent transformations. These solutions often do not take into account the great dynamism and rapid transformations of cities, making any intervention, in most cases, outdated even before its realisation. Nevertheless, these expensive interventions implemented by local government frequently tend to fail the regeneration of these public spaces. This chapter presents the experience of ‘Serpentone reload’, a workshop based on participatory reactivation of abandoned and underused spaces and buildings in the ‘Cocuzzo/Serpentone’ neighbourhood of Potenza in Basilicata, Italy. The workshop focussed particularly on the reuse of the ‘Ship’, an underground building completed in 2010 but never used because, since then, it has been perceived as an extraneous element, being the result of an imposition and not the outcome of shared choices. The aim of this chapter is to propose a methodology that will allow the reactivation of public spaces, the empowerment of communities and the increase in citizens’ interest in planning choices, pointing therefore alternative ways for urban governance and for local government urban policies. The results show that the involvement of people in urban planning and in Placemaking activities raises the level of social cohesion, generating both social benefits and quality of public spaces.

Keywords

Public space Placemaking Tactical urbanism Temporary design Public participation Urban planning Municipality Local government Urban governance Italy 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Authors are grateful to Sara Bellarosa, Giuseppe Biscaglia, Luca Catalano, Annalisa Metta, Maria Livia Olivetti, Pasquale Passannante and Francesco Scaringi for the organisation of the activities, to Salvatore Laurenzana for the photographs and to Mimmo Nardozza for the workshop organisational coordination. Many thanks go to all the workshop participants: Sara Adesso, Giorgia Botonico, Bernardo Bruno, Antonio Canosa, Simone ‘ilovetu’ Cortese, Giuseppe D’Emilio, Simona Di Giovanni, Francesco Fazio, Michela Galletti, Serena Lorusso, Mariangela Meliante, Rocco Morrone, Carmen Peluso, Daniela Policriti, Lydia Postiglione, Mariangela Russo, Alberta Caterina Santagata, Chiara Terranova and Elenonora Vaccaro.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EngineeringUniversity of BasilicataPotenzaItaly
  2. 2.Paesaggi Meridiani AssociationPotenzaItaly

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