Participatory mapping of citizens’ experiences at public open spaces: a case study at Bologna living lab

Gamze Z. Dane, Soheil Derakhshan, Tahsin Ettefagh, Martina Massari, Valentina Gianfrate, Mauro Bigi

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Abstract

In recent years public open spaces (POS) are considered as potential settings for urban regeneration strategies. A POS is successful when it is incorporated into the activities of the citizens, is accessible to people from different social and economic backgrounds, suitable for recreation, and also supports people’s security and comfort (Eyles, 2007). Thus, the planning process should include citizens’ experiences, opinions, and needs. The aim of this paper is to gain insights on the citizens’ experiences and opinions during their
presence in POSs by using global positioning systems (GPS), geotagging techniques and participatory approaches, while experimenting in the living lab of Bologna established within the framework of the European Union Horizon 2020 project “Regeneration and Optimisation of Cultural heritage in creative and Knowledge cities” (ROCK). For that purpose, a participatory data collection was conducted in Bologna, Italy. The participation of 42 residents was facilitated via Bologna Urban Living Lab (U-Lab). Via Zamboni, Via delle Belle Arti, Via S. Giacomo are the most visited routes in the area. In total 273 subjective experiences were registered, mainly at Via Zamboni, Piazza Verdi and Piazza Scaravilli. 75% of these experiences were associated with positive feelings while 25% were associated with negative. Respondents reported that problems/issues at POSs occurred mainly due to insufficient accessibility and neglect of POSs.
U-Lab exploited the results of data collection and organised participatory meetings in order to co-create solutions to transform negatively experienced POSs into positively experienced ones. The paper concludes with the discussion of how this approach can be used as evidence-based design tool for the regeneration of POSs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 25th International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society GeoMultimedia 2020
Pages645-654
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-9504173-8-8
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event25th International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society GeoMultimedia 2020 - Aachen, Germany
Duration: 15 Sep 202018 Sep 2020
https://eura.org/25th-international-conference-on-urban-planning-and-regional-development-in-the-information-society-geomultimedia-2020/

Conference

Conference25th International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society GeoMultimedia 2020
CountryGermany
CityAachen
Period15/09/2018/09/20
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Keywords

  • participatory mapping
  • experiences
  • public open spaces
  • accessibility
  • living lab
  • gps
  • geotagging
  • place-specific data

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    Dane, G. Z., Derakhshan, S., Ettefagh, T., Massari, M., Gianfrate, V., & Bigi, M. (2020). Participatory mapping of citizens’ experiences at public open spaces: a case study at Bologna living lab. In Proceedings of 25th International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society GeoMultimedia 2020 (pp. 645-654) https://archive.corp.at/cdrom2020/papers2020/CORP2020_91.pdf