European Network for Housing Research International Housing Conference

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European Network for Housing Research International Housing Conference. Reykjavik 29th June- 3rd July 2005
García, Lídia (University of Barcelona) & Tapada, M.Teresa (Autonomous University of Barcelona)

“Communities in transition; Dynamics of adaptation in an urban restructuring process”

1. Introduction and framework
The main objective of renovation processes is to improve the urban environment, being complex and in constant movement. More concretely the main goal of the renovation is to improve the quality of life of the residents. The RESTATE comparison project, that stands for “Restructuring Large scale Housing Estates in European Cities, has as its main objective the analysis and evaluation of the most important factors, that directly influence the outcomes of renovation projects. Also included is the urban policies implemented in various European cities. Based upon this analysis the projects mains goal is to improve the future urban policies in this field, resulting in more successful renovation projects, and finally improve the quality of life of the population.
The RESTATE project includes a survey of 31 neighbourhoods with public housing, all having the same basic characteristics in common. However with different intervention processes and different social-politically contexts. In this paper, within the framework of RESTATE, the results are obtained from a social survey on the population of the neighbourhood of San Roc located in the city of Badalona (province of Barcelona).
The objective of the present paper is to study in depth the historical processes of each build environment, and the role played by some of those variables we could define as subjective ones, like the individual perception of the environment or place attachment. All of these variables play an important role during the renovation processes on a local level. Our hypothesis is that these qualitative variables are highly determining the dynamics of acceptation or rejection of the project. These processes of adaptation can be observed during the urban renovation processes. Taking into account that we are dealing with variables on a local level, we expect that in different magnitude depending on the case, these variables can influence the outcome of a certain strategy on a macro level. That is to say, we are not proposing to analysis the strategies applied or intervention tools used, which has been described and analysed in other papers within the framework of the RESTATE project. However we are proposing to analyse the perception of the residents, reflected in the survey, concerning the intervention and the possible impact on the final outcome of this type of urban renovation projects.

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