Public Strategies for the Promotion of Urban Art: The Lisbon Metropolitan Area Case

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Urban art has emerged as a new feature of cities in recent decades. Its wide success as a fresh, youthful, and cosmopolitan artistic movement has elicited the attention of urban planners, who increasingly use it in their strategies for urban development. This artistic expression has been understood as a resource to be used in urban and cultural policymaking, especially when it comes to urban reassessment and marketing. This dynamic is embedded in a paradigm where the arts and culture are increasingly understood as resources for urban development and city marketing. In this article, we draw on qualitative empirical material (interviews, official documents, press releases, websites) from an ongoing research project in the context of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area. One of the aims of this project is to analyze the link between local authorities and urban art aiming at understanding existing representations and the kinds of strategies that were put in place for its management. We conclude that largely local authorities use urban art to achieve three main strategic goals: the strategy of “landscape construction and urban reassessment,” the strategy of “refashioning the city image/city branding,” and the strategy of “social promotion of stigmatized territories and communities.”
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-140
Number of pages20
JournalCity and Community
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021


  • Graffiti
  • Urban art
  • Urban policy


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