AbstractSince the turn of the millennium, interculturalism has emerged as a new paradigm for cultural diversity after a growing dissatisfaction with multicultural frameworks of governance. Its most radical proposition is to open western epistemology to the active contribution of different cultures. Moreover, its focus on the daily life of minorities in western cities suggests a shift from multicultural approaches in planning to a closer analysis of urban spaces. Urban design, due to its intrinsic localism and tangible dimension, becomes the terrain to test interculturalism as a grounded phenomenon. Building on literature from different disciplines, this paper attempts to grapple with the emergence of intercultural spaces. It does so by moving beyond a focus on urban and architectural form and aesthetics. More specifically, the argument extracted from the analysis of previous theoretical and empirical works on the subject is that a procedural interpretation of urban space would better assess and assist the engagement of cultural minorities. This approach allows for the definition of a preliminary conceptual framework gathering three pivotal aspects of intercultural spaces, which in turn would favour future developments on the topic.
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