In the contemporary city, the forms of re-appropriation of degraded and abandoned urban spaces by citizens have profoundly changed. Usual antagonistic forms of citizens’ self-organisation have been increasingly replaced by new forms of interaction between citizens and institutions. These have arisen great enthusiasm as innovative urban policies that seem to open up the possibility of recovering abandoned urban spaces, which was unthinkable in the logic of topdown or dialogic approaches. In many cases their transformative potential was taken for granted, and has not been explored the possibility that such policies become means of control and injustice, and spaces where ‘citizens’ are used to offset the disappearance of opportunities for urban democracy and social support through the welfare state. Assuming the program of Apulia Region “Urban Laboratories: old buildings for young ideas” as case study, our paper reflects on the ability of these interactive forms of self-organization to favour the emergence of real democratic civic reappropriation of abandoned areas by claiming their character of ’public spaces.
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|Titolo:||Producing the just city: Self-organising Urban Labs for the re-appropriation of public spaces|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.13133/2532-6562_2.3.14291|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|