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Interrogating urban refugees spatialities – the case of Palermo

Wulff, Federico ORCID: and Akiyode, Akolade 2017. Interrogating urban refugees spatialities – the case of Palermo. Presented at: Royal Geographical Society (RGS) Annual conference 2017, Royal Geographical Society, London, UK, 29 Aug - 1 Sep 2017.

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In the third quarter of 2016, about 183,000 refugees were granted protection status by EU Member states (Eurostat, 2017). Most of these refugees were settled in urban areas, and their participations in urban life has created multitudes of complex challenges which are rapidly evolving into minor crises. It is obvious the current European urban management, planning models, and methodologies are unable to provide resilient and dynamic responses to resolve this situation. Palermo presents a unique opportunity to study such tensions, and this paper proposes to explore how the dilapidated urban fabric around Palermo’s historic city centre can be reactivated by social integration programmes, facilitated by spatial interventions. The aim of our current research is to search for innovative urban and architectural design strategies that can respond to such emergency contexts, leveraging on Palermo’s vision for welcoming refugees and their subsequent attempts at social integration.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Architecture
Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Funders: European Commission
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 July 2018
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 14:04

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