Participatory architecture workshops with asylum seekers and locals: experiences from the Crossing Cultures project in Southern Italy

Calissano, Federica, Haenschel, Corinna, Denicke-Polcher, Sandra and Giacco, Domenico (2021) Participatory architecture workshops with asylum seekers and locals: experiences from the Crossing Cultures project in Southern Italy. Journal of Refugees Studies. ISSN 0951-6328 (Submitted)

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Participatory architecture can promote dialogue across cultures and at the same time produce shared and tangible outputs. A team of academics with a background in architecture, psychology and health sciences evaluated a specific participatory architecture workshop in Southern Italy, to explore participants’ experiences and perceived benefits. Twenty-five asylum seekers, locals and students took part in in-depth interviews, which were later subjected to thematic analysis. Participants reported experiences relating to “living together”, “working together”, “making home”, “making locals comfortable to be involved” and of “understanding and respecting differences”. Perceived benefits were “creating a space for connection”, “revitalising local communities”, “promoting development of towns”, “broadening horizons”, “gaining or practising skills”, “having your ideas heard” and “creating lasting things”. In conclusion, participatory architecture workshops in an area with high immigration can create connections between asylum seekers and locals, and promote intercultural dialogue, whilst helping to reactivate deprived areas.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: migration; mental health; integration; architecture; Crossing Cultures project
Subjects: 700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 720 Architecture
Department: The School of Art, Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Sandra Denicke
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2021 09:17
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 09:17
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/6869

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