This paper investigates the relationships between cultural activities/investments and urban transformation processes, with reference to the transformation of the Bicocca district in the metropolitan core of Milan. Bicocca has experienced a radical change in its social, economic and environmental profile as a consequence of the transition from a heavily industrial development model to a characteristically post-industrial one. This case study offers an instructive example for the understanding of how intangible resources determine transitional modes and outcomes of urban transformation, and in particular of the leading role of cultural investment in the shaping of the local network of knowledge production and circulation, sociality and identity. The paper stresses the need to strike a careful balance between the physical and intangible components of cultural initiatives—i.e. between activities and investment in facilities (cultural `software' and `hardware' respectively). Whereas the latter provide relatively immediate benefits in terms of economic impact and of endowment of usable physical capital, it is equally necessary to pursue carefully selected programmes of initiatives that involve and challenge the local community at various levels, fostering a social attitude based on intrinsic motivation rather than on instrumental opportunism. Without proper, supporting `social software', massive investment in new cultural facilities may assume a dysfunctional `cosmetic' character that is likely to exacerbate the critical aspects of urban transformation rather than tempering them.
|Titolo:||The Social Viability of Culture-Led Urban Transformation Processes: Evidence from the Bicocca District, Milan|
|Autori:||Blessi Tavano, Giorgio; Sacco, Pier Luigi|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2009|
|Nome editore:||Sage Publications|
|Citazione:||The Social Viability of Culture-Led Urban Transformation Processes: Evidence from the Bicocca District, Milan, 2009.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su rivista|