Temporary Urbanism and Community Engagement: A Case Study of Piazza Scaravilli in Bologna

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In the contemporary urban context, the concept of Temporary Urbanism is debated due to its different names, definitions, and heterogeneity. This type of intervention makes use of empty spaces—private, public or open—for a short period of time. This article explores the importance of citizen participation, associated challenges and opportunities, and focuses on the construction process of a temporary “SLAB” intervention erected in the summer of 2018 in Bologna, Italy. An understanding of the level of community engagement achieved, and the social and physical effects of a city’s life are established. The urban intervention was introduced into an existing installation, at Piazza Scaravilli, as an urban transformation in response to its needs. An ethnographic study approach was conducted at Piazza Scaravilli on the urban interaction before and during construction. This study
demonstrates this installation’s influence, focusing specifically on the social impact on the spatial, temporal, economic and cultural contexts, and the possible solutions that temporary urbanism can provide for unused spaces.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovating Strategies and Solutions for Urban Performance and Regeneration
EditorsCritina Piselli, Haşim Altan, Osman Balaban, Peleg Kremer
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783030981877
ISBN (Print)9783030981860, 9783030981891
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2022
Event2nd International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability - Virtual - University of East London, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Oct 20209 Oct 2020
Conference number: 2

Publication series

NameAdvances in Science, Technology & Innovation
ISSN (Print)2522-8714
ISSN (Electronic)2522-8722


Conference2nd International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability
Abbreviated titleURS 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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