Strengthening bonds between people and places

Place plays an important role in building the identity of individuals and communities. It is the result of interaction between people, spaces, and activities. In our global and multicultural societies, placemaking involves other spaces, actors, perceptions, and media. However, not all meanings tied to a particular place are always perceived by all members of the community. As a result, misunderstandings, conflicts, or even intolerance often occur in spaces that, due to the diversity of their users, could be important places for multicultural meetings. Artistic practices can successfully serve as catalysts or mediator between places and users. They help to reveal diverse meanings of places that different social groups associate with and help them create ties with places that transcend cultural and physical boundaries. 

Contemporary spatial production has rendered a plethora of non-places, that is, spaces, in which people feel unable to create meaningful links. Non-places can be seen as a result of global trends such as gentrification, migration, and mass tourism or local specifics such as unclear ownership and abandoned construction projects. Through networked artistic practices, A-Place is dedicated to strengthening the bonds between people and places in six European cities (Barcelona, Bologna, Brussels, Lisbon, Ljubljana, and Nicosia). In each city, local partners will carry out various creative placemaking activities with artists and local communities and encourage the active participation of several actors (resident artists, neighbors, students and teachers, cultural workers, and NGOs) in building a better, more inclusive, and supportive community.

Ljubljana, Barcelona, Nicosia, Bologna, Brussels, Lisbon

Support: Creative Europe

Project partner: La Salle Universidad Ramon Llull (Barcelona), Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana, Faculteit Architectuur KU Leuven (Brussels), Alive Architecture (Brussels), Urban Gorillas (Nicosia), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Lisbon), Screen Projects (Barcelona), Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Lisbon), City Space Architecture (Bologna)

2020 - 2024