(Co) Abitare luoghi plurali per la costruzione dello spazio (pubblico) della democrazia.

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[automatically translated] Argument: In the face of a general crisis of political representation, and especially in contexts of widespread erosion of public space and characterized by little institutional traditions prone to 'inclusive' mode for a decision (Brand and Gaffikin, 2007), (in) arise new cohabitation and conflicts, which lead us to think about alternative forms of democracy and the consequent practices in participatory planning. The outcomes of these phenomena on the one hand can be seen as elements of crisis and problems fester, the other seems to give life - in some cases, and in terms however problematic - to new forms of social expression. In this paper it will be re-discussed the concept of public space and participation, in the light of the writings of Hannah Arendt (1964; 1995), and in order to analyze the role and potential of some 'threshold areas' where the actions taken by minority groups give rise to alternative forms of democracy. If the classical notion of public space as a place inclusive and democratic feedback is rare in contemporary urban reality (Mitchell, 2003), the plurality of Arendt's notion of public space can be fertile theoretical reference tool for the construction of relational practices of active citizenship. Range in which the argument is argument: In Palermo, and in general in 'fragile contexts', characterized by low levels of active participation and democratic construction of policy proposals (urban or not), new forms of sociality - undertaken by minority groups that are manifested through meaningful experiences - coalesce into critical areas or 'threshold', leading to reconsider the concept of public space and alternative forms of democracy. The paper will explore, from past experience and consequent reflections (Bonafede and Lo Piccolo, 2010), some significant examples of this, in order to verify the application and disciplinary potential of the argument. Job prospects: The cases that will be described are not all directly attributable to institutional forms of planning practices, but represent potential significant in this regard. All, in each case, illustrate mode and attempts to create forms of democratic space as theorized by Hannah Arendt,
Original languageItalian
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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