Urbanity and resistance - The research on public space is characterized by four different concepts: first, the equivalence between public space and public sphere, directly impinging upon politics; second, the history and construction of social identities, where memory plays a central role; third, the encounter with strangers that should educate to tolerance; fourth, the practice of living together, at the foundation both of urbanity and civil respect. The first three concepts state that public space is eroded, due to the privatization of the public sphere. The last one criticizes this belief, and suggests instead investigating the field of practices that combine resistance to urban change, and the experimentation of new forms of urbanity.
Key words: public space, urbanity, planning, social practices, cities, inclusion.
Parole chiave: housing, planning, abitare, pratiche sociali, istituzionalizzazione, cornici cognitive.