Volume 13, Issue 2, 2021
Authors: Joao MARTINS
CITIES OF CULTURAL HERITAGE: MEANING, REAPPROPRIATION AND CULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY IN EASTERN LISBON RIVERSIDE
Contemporary post-industrial riverside areas like Marvila and Beato, in Lisbon, are being addressed by public and private bodies towards their urban regeneration. The aim of this paper is to present the ROCK project analysis of cultural heritage meaning, reappropriation and urban sustainability. Methodologically, we developed an inquiry to the local population around the residents’ perceptions on cultural heritage, the ongoing changes and existing retail, a cultural heritage mapping, and a conceptual analysis on urban sustainability. The results show the residents’ vision on cultural heritage and its relationship with the social and spatial changes, and the resilience process strengthening urban decayed areas, as a crucial element for urban life and socioeconomic development. Our conclusions present the relevance of cultural heritage as a public and private investment against the urban crisis, as well as the diversity in the process of cultural heritage reappropriation, including the residents’ participation to cultural led commodification processes developed by private companies.