THE CHALLENGE OF SOCIAL INNOVATION IN URBAN REVITALIZATION
PAUL DREWE, JUAN-LUIS KLEIN, EDWARD HULSBERGEN
Urban revitalization is a long process, and its success depends on social innovations. Just as with technological developments, it is almost impossible to predict which social innovations will be effective. Only in retrospect can we say, something special has happened here - and its been going on for a long time.
The book looks at bottom up initiatives, where residents and local organizations took charge and took risks to improve their living conditions and to build a new future. The book presents case studies of a series of initiatives which have borne fruit over a long period of time: the revitalized industrial areas of Montreal, those of Mondragon in the Basque country, the Eldonian projects in Liverpool, the search for urban scenarios in Jerusalem, as well as cases in Nicaragua, Peru, France, the Netherlands and EU-wide projects.
The Challenge of Social Innovation in Urban Revitalization shows the complexity of the processes. By combining theory and practical applications, this book contributes to the debate on urban revitalization and what can be learned from social innovation experiences. It should be of interest to both scholars and practitioners involved in urban and regional planning and regeneration.