Renewing the City through Public Participation and Cultural Activities. The Case Study of Gillet Square, a Community-Led Urban Regeneration Project.

JEOD, Volume 8, Issue 1

Michele Bianchi, 2019

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This article focuses its attention on inner cities and asks questions about their possible redevelopment. How can an urban regeneration project improve its social innovation effects? We argue that community-led enterprises with social values can drastically improve social innovation in urban regeneration. This article presents the main features of Gillet Square, a project promoted by Hackney Co-operative Developments, a Community Interest Company based in London East End. The nature of the research is qualitative, findings show how a community-led initiative can involve local stakeholders, develop new local assets for and promote social cohesion and inclusion.