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The multi-scalar production of intercultural urban landscapes. Inter-cultural nodes as urban and social re-activators: the case of Ballarò, Palermo

Wulff, Federico ORCID: and Brito, Oscar 2022. The multi-scalar production of intercultural urban landscapes. Inter-cultural nodes as urban and social re-activators: the case of Ballarò, Palermo. McVicar, Mhairi, Kite, Stephen and Drożyński, Charles, eds. Generosity and Architecture, London: Routledge, pp. 226-237. (10.4324/9781003211815-25)

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The recent migration crisis in Europe has exacerbated ongoing or latent local urban, social, and political issues, calling for effective strategies to manage the integration of migrants and refugees in the hosting context. The policies and practices of integration supporting the basic needs of the newcomers have placed additional strains on local resources, creating social and political tensions. The urban realm has a key role in the negotiation of these tensions as it is where the negotiation and the struggle for the control of the public space is an everyday practice between individuals of communities of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. This chapter investigates how the production of space could have a role in the production of intercultural environments that would allow for the inclusion and cohabitation of different cultures. Drawing from the definitions and proposed strategies for Intercultural Cities by the Council of Europe, interculturality is defined as the simultaneous, non-hegemonic, coexistence of different cultures where each of these can be represented and contribute to the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of their cities.The chapter focuses on the role that processes of intercultural place-making may have in mediating and facilitating the coexistence of cultural diversity, fostering the participation of local and migrant groups in the improvement of their social and urban environments. This paper makes the case about the need for an effective intercultural place-making to be part of a holistic approach at different spatial and temporal scales, including tactical urbanism, architectural interventions, and urban planning, engaging with existing intercultural networks.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781032078540
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 25 November 2022
Last Modified: 31 Dec 2022 02:30

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