A Path to Spatial Justice
Edited by Shelley Egoz, Karsten Jørgensen and Deni Ruggeri
Chapter 17: Planning the cultural and social reactivation of urban open spaces in Greek metropoles of crisis
Over recent years, cultural policy has been applied in the urban environment, turning open spaces into touristic attractions in line with the taste of the ‘outsider’. In many cases, local actors have been forced to move out of the gentrified zones, due to the higher rental prices and the monoculture of recreational uses. This research examines the ‘social policy’, the role of ‘social capital’ in urban regenerations and the forms of ‘bottom-up initiatives’, since they express a democratic perception of urban cultural landscapes and they can inspire a collective, sustainable and productive aspect of urban open spaces. A methodology of reactivating socially and culturally urban landscapes is described, as well as two case studies from the Greek city of Thessaloniki, the first concerning the application of the proposed methodology in the West Wall of the city and the second referring to a realised community garden in the city centre.
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