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RN37_01a_P: RN KEYNOTE SESSION with João Teixeira Lopes: Urban Public Spaces and the Uses of Conflict
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Session Chair: Lígia Ferro, University of Porto / ISCTE-IUL
Location:PC.6.30 PANTEION University of Social & Political Sciences
136 Syggrou Avenue
17671 Athens, Greece
Building: C, Level: 6.
Nunzia Borrelli (discussant)
M. Victoria Gómez (discussant)
Patrícia Pereira (discussant)
Urban Public Spaces or the uses of conflict
João Teixeira Lopes
University of Porto, Faculty of Arts, Portugal
The control of public space has emerged as a major dimension in the reconfiguration of metropolitan regions. Public spaces are a key issue in the renovation of historic centres, the attraction of affluent social classes to the city (which plays a strategic role in gentrification processes), the expansion of global tourism, and the production of a cosmopolitan image in competition with other cities. They are also the sites of class struggle and contestation of neo-liberal programs and policies that have dramatically changed the lives of millions of persons. In addition, the use and representation of public space is shaped by the prominence of public spaces in everyday life, routines, celebrations and rituals. Public spaces demonstrate the importance of spatial anchors within the city, showing that these are something more than a geometric concept or a simple container without contents