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Build Art, Build Resilience

Co-creation of Public Art as a Tactic to Improve Community Resilience


Temporary urbanism practices are forms of appropriation of the public space by the citizens. They can be a powerful engine for urban regeneration and social innovation, empowering local communities to take ownership of urban spaces, promoting positive urban change. In particular, the collective creation of temporary art installations in public spaces can foster a sense of belonging and define new forms of civic participation, including unrepresented voices, and re-activate the public realm. The portfolio narrates the development of the “Co-Creation of Temporary Interventions in Public Space as a Tool for Community Resilience” (University of Portsmouth) project, which promotes and develops a series of tactical, small-sized, co-created, temporary interventions in public spaces, bringing together various local actors and underrepresented groups. Temporary urbanism initiatives can be very powerful tools; while the change they bring may be small at first and incremental, the varied ways in which such initiatives affect the city and its citizens lead to an extremely meaningful and long-term impact.

Pages:283 to 300
Section: Portfolio
How to Cite
Robazza, G. (2020) “Build Art, Build Resilience”, The Journal of Public Space, 5(4), pp. 283-300. doi:

Author Biography

University of Portsmouth
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Guido Robazza is an Architect and Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture of Portsmouth, UK, where he coordinates the Urban Living Lab. The ULL promotes and  activates processes of urban co-creation to deal with specific community challenges, bringing together multiple actors in the city. Guido’s research focuses on temporary urbanism and community resilience, investigating urban transformation processes through a multidisciplinary approach. Guido previously worked as a researcher at LSE Cities – Urban Age, and during his career in practice, he designed projects in both the private and public sectors, including urban regeneration projects, public spaces, parks and multi-functional buildings. His work was exhibited at the 10th Venice Architecture Biennale “Cities, Architecture, Society”.


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