Understanding temporary appropriation and social sustainability

Jose Antonio Lara-Hernandez, Alessandro Melis

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This chapter reviews the relevant literature about temporary appropriation as a concept within the urban landscape. A review of theoretical and empirical texts reveals that despite the lack of a defined theory in this specific field, the temporary appropriation is a key concept for the understanding of people’s sense of belonging to a place, and identity. The chapter fills the research gap through an extensive cross-disciplinary literature review that includes topophilia, space production, and environment and behaviour theories. The aim of the present writing is to frame, within the urban context, the crucial role of temporary appropriation in relation to social sustainability. To do so, it identifies and categorises the temporary appropriation into three main groups of activities featuring the urban landscape.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTemporary Appropriation in Cities
Subtitle of host publicationHuman Spatialisation in Public Spaces and Community Resilience
EditorsAlessandro Melis, Jose Antonio Lara-Hernandez, James Thompson
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-32120-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-32119-2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2020


  • appropriation
  • social sustainability
  • temporary appropriation
  • urban sustainability


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