Urban tactics for the co-production of social resilience. The case of the temporary intervention ChatterBox in Portsmouth.

Guido Robazza, Alessandro Melis

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In urban environments confronted with unprecedented challenges, where disadvantaged inhabitants increasingly face structural conditions of exclusion, impoverishment and deprivation, fostering social resilience has become a primary objective for policy makers and urban communities. A vast literature (Lara Hernandez & Melis, 2020) shows that temporary appropriation activities in the public space are effective tools to achieve resilience, intended here as the community’s capacity of adapting to changes in times of global crises. Among these activities, Temporary Urban Practices (TUP) can provide a secure, flexible, and experimental space to include citizens in the city-making process while training social capacities that contribute to social resilience. This article offers insights on the outcomes of the Multicultural City ChatterBox, as a paradigmatic example of TUP encouraging social minorities to repurpose an unused urban space, fostering urban resilience through agency, collaboration and co-creative endeavours.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference: Repurposing Places for Social and Environmental Resilience
EditorsAnastasia Karandinou
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781739268107
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2023
EventRepurposing Places for Social and Environmental Resilience: International Conference 2023 -
Duration: 23 Mar 202324 Mar 2023


ConferenceRepurposing Places for Social and Environmental Resilience: International Conference 2023


  • Temporary Urbanism
  • Social Resilience
  • Co-Production
  • Co-Creation
  • Placemaking

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