Youth Perception of Urban Vitality: A PhotoVoice Study on the Everyday Experiences of Public Space

Irene Gómez-Varo*, Xavier Delclòs-Alió, Carme Miralles-Guasch, Oriol Marquet

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Abstract

Promoting urban vitality has become an increasingly important focus among urban planners in the last decade. However, most definitions about what urban vitality consists of are based on quantitative methods, while the meaning and implications of vitality also need to be understood qualitatively. We conducted a study based on the PhotoVoice method in a low-income district in Barcelona, Spain, to explore how vitality is constructed among young people, a traditionally underrepresented group within the urban discussion and decision-making. The method, based on photography and group discussion, has proven effective to incorporate subjective perceptions and everyday life experiences on the understanding of the elements that contribute to urban vitality.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
Early online date9 May 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 May 2023

Keywords

  • Barcelona
  • low-income district
  • PhotoVoice
  • public space
  • subjective vitality
  • youth

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