Arts-Led Urban Regeneration in the Iberoamerican Space
There is a standard narrative in academic literature that depicts these processes as inevitably producing negative effects like gentrification and displacement of lower income households or alienation of residents. On the contrary, an alternative literature conceives them in a very positive way as promoting economic development or urban renovation. Both interpretations use to be exclusively based on Anglo-Saxon cases and both tend to be rather simplistic.
Here we will try to offer a more nuanced perspective on the base of considering a different kind of evidence: the one accumulated in the Iberoamerican world. Actually, the Iberoamerican experience suggests the importance of a plurality of contexts and the processes dynamics in determining the influence that the arts can exert on the urban space. In this presentation, we will examine a series of cases of urban regeneration based on the arts in the Iberoamerican space that will allow us to show this new theoretical perspective.