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Resilience and Urban Regeneration Policies. Lessons from Community-Led Initiatives. The Case Study of CanFugarolas in Mataro (Barcelona)

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Institute for Sustainability Science and Technology, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Queens College, City University of New York, New York, NY 11367, USA
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EINA, School of Design and Art, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08017 Barcelona, Spain
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Department of Architectural Design, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Department of Architectural Technology, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Academic Editors: Mohammad Swapan, Courtney Babb and Reazul Ahsan
Sustainability 2021, 13(22), 12855; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132212855
Received: 22 September 2021 / Revised: 11 November 2021 / Accepted: 18 November 2021 / Published: 20 November 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Planning Resilient Community: Public Participation and Governance)
This paper addresses socio-ecological, community-led resilience as the ability of the urban system to progress and adapt. This is based on the socio-cultural, self-organized case study of CanFugarolas in Mataró (Barcelona), for the recovery of a derelict industrial building and given the lack of attention to resilience emerging from grassroots. Facing rigidities (stagnation) observed under the provisions of urban regeneration policies (regulatory realm), evidenced in the proliferation of urban voids (infrastructural arena), the social subsystem stands as the enabler of urban progression. Under the heuristics of the Adaptive Cycle and Panarchy, the study embraces Fath’s model to analyze the transition along, and the interactions between, the adaptive cycles at each urban subsystem. The mixed method approach reveals the ability of the community to navigate all stages and overcome successive ailments, despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles (traps) at the physical support (built stock) and the regulatory arena (urban planning). Further, cross-scale, social-centered interactions (panarchy) are also traced, becoming the “sink” and the “trigger” of the urban dynamics. The community, in the form of an actor-network, becomes the catalyst (through Remember/Revolt) of urban resilience at the city scale. At a managerial level, this evidences its temporal and spatial complementarity to top-down urban regeneration policies. View Full-Text
Keywords: community resilience; social-centered panarchy; self-organization; socio-ecological resilience; urban dynamics; urban regeneration community resilience; social-centered panarchy; self-organization; socio-ecological resilience; urban dynamics; urban regeneration
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Saez Ujaque, D.; Roca, E.; de Balanzó Joue, R.; Fuertes, P.; Garcia-Almirall, P. Resilience and Urban Regeneration Policies. Lessons from Community-Led Initiatives. The Case Study of CanFugarolas in Mataro (Barcelona). Sustainability 2021, 13, 12855. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132212855

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Saez Ujaque D, Roca E, de Balanzó Joue R, Fuertes P, Garcia-Almirall P. Resilience and Urban Regeneration Policies. Lessons from Community-Led Initiatives. The Case Study of CanFugarolas in Mataro (Barcelona). Sustainability. 2021; 13(22):12855. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132212855

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Saez Ujaque, Diego, Elisabet Roca, Rafael de Balanzó Joue, Pere Fuertes, and Pilar Garcia-Almirall. 2021. "Resilience and Urban Regeneration Policies. Lessons from Community-Led Initiatives. The Case Study of CanFugarolas in Mataro (Barcelona)" Sustainability 13, no. 22: 12855. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132212855

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