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Urban liveability for social cohesion (The Benches)

Sociology International Journal
<font face="Arial, Verdana"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px;">Adriana Galvani</span></font>

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Our world is increasingly complicated. Globalization has immersed us in the chaos of people, markets, information, publications, but ultimately, we are always more alone. We listen to the radio, television, we go to the cinema, we spend more and more time on social media, we respond to strangers who don’t care about us, but, in this way, we lose the true friends. It becomes difficult to open up ourselves or understand the others. In fact, a very sad phenomenon is appearing. People, especially VIPs, talk about their sexual tendence, about their illnesses on the social media; it appears also a lack of respect of others, because many speak only to gain notoriety. These words fall on deaf ears. We need lively participation, especially in societies that undergo a very rapid ageing processes and a phenomenon of intense urbanization. We need to return to the “village” where everyone knows each other, where everyone is interested in common problems, and where the support is always mutual. It is possible to regain the sense of proximity in the large cities, regaining the common spaces, frequenting the squares, the gardens, even going more along the streets. The focal points of interest in public spaces are the benches. For this reason, several happy cases are reported in this article, cases found all over the world of places with different styles of benches that allow interaction, observation and even the recapture of the common meaning of life. The present work aims to study how the revaluation of public spaces can lead to a better liveability and social integration as a solution to the current economic-political and social crisis.


liveability, social integration, globalization, economic-political and social crisis