TECHNE 19 (2020): The public space
Research & Experimentation

Micro-regeneration of public space in marginal areas: comparing processes in Guatemala and Peru

Francesca Giofrè
Dipartimento di Architettura e Progetto, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italia
Cristina Dreifuss-Serrano
Scuola di Architettura, Università di Lima, Perù
Published January 15, 2020
Keywords
  • Public open space,
  • Marginal area,
  • Participatory process,
  • Architectural pedagogy,
  • Design
How to Cite
Giofrè, F., & Dreifuss-Serrano, C. (2020). Micro-regeneration of public space in marginal areas: comparing processes in Guatemala and Peru. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (19), 162-169. https://doi.org/10.13128/techne-7819

Abstract

The article reviews and compares two cases of participative design processes in Central and South America neighbourhoods: Mixco (Guatemala) and Alto Peru, Chorrillos (Peru). Both processes aim for a micro-regeneration in public open spaces, involving students, faculties, local communities and other stakeholders, through data analysis, interviews, surveys and visits. The existing public spaces created without planning and intervention of professional architects, and not following official regulations have become realms for social life. They need particular attention for achieving social equity and inclusion. Pedagogically, participatory design increases the relevance of teaching experiences in architecture schools worldwide, but it shows some limits.

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