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The Importance of the Participatory Dimension in Urban Resilience Improvement Processes

Maria LopezDeAsiain () and Vicente Díaz-García ()
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Maria LopezDeAsiain: Art, City and Territory Department, School of Architecture, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 35017 Las Palmas, Spain
Vicente Díaz-García: Art, City and Territory Department, School of Architecture, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 35017 Las Palmas, Spain

Sustainability, 2020, vol. 12, issue 18, 1-25

Abstract: This article discusses the approach adopted by the researchers into citizen participation in urban regeneration actions and projects. It describes the concepts of sustainability and habitability in relation to the urban environment and architecture within the framework of improving the resilience of our cities through the circular economy and decarbonisation processes in architecture. The authors review the participatory dimension of different urban regeneration actions carried out in Spain and the impact of this dimension on the results obtained by environmental, economic and social urban improvements. They then define possible strategies and methodological tools for integrating this dimension into traditional urban regeneration processes. The article presents case studies and their specific characteristics, and draws conclusions about their effectiveness and relevance. It also compares citizen-led interventions with interventions led by public administrations. Lastly, the authors analyse the potential reasons for success in these processes and projects, identifying weaknesses and proposing possible strategies for future development by researchers.

Keywords: citizen participation; resilience; urban regeneration; bioclimatic refurbishment; sustainable city (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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