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Title: Inclusion and empowerment in public art and urban design
Author: Remesar, Antoni
Salas, Xavier, 1971-
Padilla Llano, Samuel Esteban
Esparza, Danae, 1982-
Keywords: Espais públics
Art públic
Participació ciutadana
Public spaces
Public art
Citizen participation
Issue Date: Oct-2012
Publisher: Centre de Recerca POLIS. GRC Art, Ciutat, Societat
Abstract: To involve citizens in developing the processes of city making is an objective that occupies part of the agenda of political parties in the context of the necessary renewal in representative democracy. This paper aims to provide some answers to the following questions: Is it possible to overcome the participatory processes based exclusively on the consultation? Is it possible to"train" residents to take an active role in decision-making? How can we manage, proactively, the relationship between public actors, technicians and politicians, in a participatory process? We analyse the process development for creating the Wall of Remembrance in the Barcelona neighbourhood of Baró de Viver, a work of public art, created and produced by its neighbours, in the context of a long participatory process focused on changing the image of the neighbourhood and the improvement of public space. This result and this process have been possible in a given context of cooperation among neighbours, local government and the research team (CR-Polis, Art, City, Society at the University of Barcelona). The development of a creative process of citizen participation between 2004 and 2011 made possible the direct management of decision making by the residents on the field of the design of public space in the neighbourhood. However, the material results of the process does not overshadow the great achievement of the project: the inclusion of a neighbourhood in taking informed decisions because of their empowerment in public space design and management of their remembrances.
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It is part of: On the w@terfront, 2012, num. 24, p. 3-32
ISSN: 1139-7365
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