Rethinking creativity at neighborhood level in the post-industrial era. The case studies of two urban voids redevelopments in France: Ile-de-Nantes and Docks-de-Seine

Rethinking creativity at neighborhood level in the post-industrial era. The case studies of two urban voids redevelopments in France: Ile-de-Nantes and Docks-de-Seine

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The former industrial districts are often places of experimentation addressing questions of territorial innovation and city making. Their geographical position within or on the outskirts of cities shows the dynamics of the future territorial development of cities. The reappropriation of these neighborhoods after the period of deindustrialization and the creative activities offered by local authorities and developers can contribute to the economic and demographic growth of deindustrialized shrinking cities. In the research creativity is defined as a process to recover from social and economic recession which are usually linked to deindustrialization. The main goal is to survey how urban spaces with absence of functional use, 'terrain vague', contribute to explore alternative ways of urban dwelling (sustainable, participatory) as well as the differences observed in the implementation of creative strategies in central districts and peripheral areas.
The research method is descriptive-analytic. The descriptive method is used in order to define creativity and relate it to previous studies in 'terrain vague'. The analytic method is used in order to identify the reasons that led to population decline and the correlations between sustainable urban development, citizen engagement and demographic evolution. The performed analyses included a combination of statistics techniques (diagrams of demographic evolution) and qualitative methods (interviews with local authorities, inhabitants and the teams of architects and urban planners of the two projects). The outcome revealed that the political, economic and social context plays a major role in the strategies of creativity in a city by promoting several times gentrification, especially in peripheral areas. The final conclusion is that the system of traditional actors in the development of urban projects has to redefine the roles of each one, in order to promote innovation, by establishing the inhabitants as real social actors.

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Varvara Toura

Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales

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Varvara Toura

Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales

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3. Terrain vague redevelopments

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6. Urban policies

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