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Turin and Lingotto: resilience, forgetting and the reinvention of place
AuthorColombino, Annalisa
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European Planning Studies, 2017, Vol. 25, Issue 1, page 10-28
PublishedTaylor & Francis, 2017
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Accepted version
LanguageEnglish
Document typeJournal Article
Keywords (EN)Resilience / forgetting / multi-functional spaces / cultural containers / post-Fordism / cultural economy
ISSN1469-5944
URNurn:nbn:at:at-ubg:3-4896 Persistent Identifier (URN)
DOI10.1080/09654313.2016.1254598 
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Lingotto used to be an important industrial site and a highly symbolic space at the heart of the city of Turin, Italy. The aim of this article is to analyse the multiple trajectories, spatialities and layers of memories, meanings and practices that overlapped within and across Lingotto in the last decades, following the changing economic conditions and connected discursive paradigms associated with the evolution of the local economy since the Fordist crisis of the 1970s. The analysis shows that Lingotto may be interpreted as a mirror of Turins resilience strategies used to cope with the economic crises that have hit the city. Furthermore, it shows how Lingotto is a highly resilient urban fragment and building. Contrary to mainstream debates about the need to conserve and stage local urban heritages, this paper offers an account of Lingottos resilience, which highlights how forgetting the past may be a strategy for tackling the present and being resilient. The analysis of the evolution of Lingotto thus contributes to understanding urban processes that entwine with the quest for resilience in the contemporary post-industrial city, stressing the ambiguous role of the often-implicit politics of forgetting and amnesia in a framework of urban resilience.

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