Seeing the city from below Experiences of urban liveability in Guatemala City
Currently, cities all over the world are rapidly growing, and will continue to grow in the (near) future. Guatemala City, being the largest metropolis in Central America, is one such city that is facing urgent socio-spatial questions concerning liveability in the city. In this thesis, experiences of urban liveability ‘from below’ were studied, from the perspective of urban inhabitants. The framework of the French urban philosopher Henri Lefebvre has been used to frame the coming to being of place. Thereby the focus was on people’s socio-spatial practices in lived space. Researching social capital and placemaking in the research neighbourhood gave insight in the experiences of inhabitants of urban liveability. Hereby self-organization and temporal claims of spaces are important strategies in the coming to being of public spaces. Therefore, governance from below should be incorporated to facilitate and enable people to make their neighbourhood a liveable place.
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