How a Genius Placemaking Experiment Rescued the Failing City of Zaragoza by @PPS_Placemaking

“We must think of the city as a laboratory for citizen-led innovation.” -Patrizia di Monti, gravalosdimonti arquitectos Located halfway between Barcelona and Madrid , the once-prosperous city of Zaragoza was hit hard by the global economic downturn. In 2008, the full impact of the recession that had already slammed much of the Eurozone would be temporarily hidden behind the fanfare of the International Expo, which the city hosted that same year. But as the fair came to a close and Zaragoza was no longer on the international stage, the extent of the crisis quickly hit home. Unemployment was at an all-time high, property values had plummeted, and a deep social unrest that had been bubbling just below the surface for some time finally erupted. Protesters were taking to the streets by the tens of thousands to demand more jobs, more help, and a better democratic system altogeth...

Full article: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/node/1077246

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