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Citizen participation in urban planning

Updated: Aug 27, 2018

The UNESCO Chair on Sustainability at the UPC was invited to participate in the 1st International Congress of citizen participation in the urban  planning processes, which was held in the city of Puebla, Mexico, from June 25 to 29, 2018, participating in the table "Inclusion of the inhabitants in architectural and urban projects with ethnography methods".

Within the Intangible Cultural Heritage (PCI) research line, emphasis is placed on the need for a transdisciplinary study, that is, the integration of diverse knowledge for the construction of a better world. The methodological tools of ethnography such as participant observation, in-depth interviews, life histories, photographic record among others, have been widely used in social sciences to study diverse phenomena such as the interaction of social systems with the natural environment and the relationship of culture with diverse populations. At the same time, they are analysis tools that serve to diagnose social dynamics and interactions in the spaces of the city.

Examples of application of ethnographic methodologies for diagnosis in the initial phase of architectural production have also been made known, and how this type of approach has triggered interesting participatory processes.

The invitation made to us to participate in this conference reaffirms the importance of reflecting on the scale of work, be it at individual, collective or community level and to revalue the cultural diversity that cohabitates in each territory, be it in the city or in the periphery.

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