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EMUVE European Research Project. Barcelona Case: Post-crisis collaborative design processes and community self-management strategies for urban regeneration

Wulff, Federico ORCID: 2015. EMUVE European Research Project. Barcelona Case: Post-crisis collaborative design processes and community self-management strategies for urban regeneration. Presented at: Sustainable City 2015: 10th International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability, Medellin, Colombia, 1 - 3 September 2015. Conference Proceedings of SUSTAINABLE CITY 2015 10th International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability. Wessex University,

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The European research project EMUVE (Euro Mediterranean Urban Voids Ecology), directed by Dr. Federico Wulff and developed at the Welsh School of Architecture of Cardiff University (UK) focuses on the territorial abandonment produced by current economic crisis along the Euro-Mediterranean coastline and the search of innovative methodologies for urban reactivation from flexible, resilient and collaborative approaches. EMUVE has developed a research on several case studies in Spain, France and Italy with references to previous experiences in the United Kingdom. Each case was defined under a distinctive conceptual approach which portrays how the current economic crisis has impacted and what are the dynamics currently undergoing as a reaction to overcome this urban degradation processes. The cases have been compared from their different socio-political contexts, spatial organization, economy of the territory and governance, to understand their previous failures, present struggles and successful dynamics. In Barcelona case study, EMUVE focuses on post-crisis innovative processes of community self-management strategies for urban regeneration. The role of the public institutions of the city has evolved from their previous position of leadership in the urban development to become in many cases mere mediators between communities and the private sector and providers of leftover spaces to be temporarily reactivated, signing concessions with social stakeholders which are developing their independent meanwhile programme of uses and resource management strategies, converting these abandoned spaces into new spaces of opportunity for the city. The role of collectives of architects engaged in these processes is becoming key as spatial translators of the needs of the citizenship and as mediators between them, the public intitutions and the private sector. New alternative professional fields are explored by these architects and urban planners in a context where traditional commissions are lacking, such as programmatic design of economically sustainable uses that could generate new sources of income for the inhabitants. The shift in the design methodologies from previous top-down overdesigned iconic approaches towards more complex ‘open source’ collaborative processes between the public institutions and the citizenship, within the new political landscape of the Council of Barcelona after the municipal elections of 24th May 2015 will be key in the future post-crisis redevelopment of the city.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Publisher: Wessex University
ISBN: 9781845649425
Funders: European Commission-UE
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 April 2016
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 09:56

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