New dynamics in citizen re-appropriation strategies of collective urban spaces. Case of Madrid.

Juan Arana

Abstract


Citizen engagement in re-appropriation of collective spaces has long meant utopian spaces of resistance, a refuge, an autonomous community working aside of the system. This vision is being revised. The aim of this study is to examine the effects on the urban space of the changes in the way stakeholders’ relations are stablished in these initiatives.

We examine two very different recent projects in the periphery of the city of Madrid belonging to a new generation of co-produced spaces. There is a vertical dimension of relationships between administration, citizens and experts and there is the question of what effects these initiatives have on the neighbourhood. The study goes through the background social movements and the administration programs that compose the puzzle of today´s activism. We find a dense heterogeneous spatial network working together and producing collective space. Notwithstanding the contradictions that emerge during the process, the moment is one of transition with both hope and uncertainties


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reappropriation, collective space, urban activism

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.13133/2532-6562_2.4.14365

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TU Tracce Urbane - Rivista Italiana Transdisciplinare di Studi Urbani - Italian Journal of Urban Studies. Rivista telematica scientifica della Sapienza Università di Roma registrata presso il Tribunale civile di Roma n 77 del 2017. ISSN: 2532-6562