Urban Cultural Planning in Metropolitan Areas

The researcher Carlos Marques, from the Centre for Public Administration and Public Policies, is the coordinator of Urban Cultural Planning in Metropolitan Areas, now on its second edition on Caledoscopio.

The book includes contributions from specialists with a common approach on urban cultural planning, highlighting themes that guide scientific research to the qualification of post-suburban and metropolitan areas.

Urban cultural planning is a holistic approach to urban development strategies consolidated by people’s material and immaterial cultural dimension and local communities that reflect on identity, history and sense of belonging. It turns the spotlight back to urban development through a synergy between the city cultural content and its built environment. Current debates on culture have been limited to preservation work, museology and the maintenance of heritage in the old and classic urban centers. The concept of "post-suburban", even though not fully established from a theoretical and technical point of view, can be understood through the ideas of Bruce Bégout, of an urban space that goes beyond the central city and that cannot keep being seen as a peripheral extension that surrounds it.

In this context, the word "city" acquires an ambiguous meaning. Should it be used to define the whole urban agglomeration or just its central core? Can cultural planning be understood as an instrument of territorial planning and urbanism, along with a urban planning that takes culture as a reference for an identity formation strategy of the territory and urban communities?

Carlos Almeida Marques is a researcher at the Centre for Public Administration and Public Policies and at the Architecture, Urbanism and Design Research Center at Faculdade de Arquitectura, Universidade de Lisboa. He holds a PhD in Social Sciences and Public Administration by ISCSP. In 2016, he obtained a European Doctorate in Environment: Socioeconomic, Territorial, Legal and Educational Instruments for Sustainable Development by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

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