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London (United Kingdom), 2012
The bench attached to the foot of the wall of a new social housing block in the Heygate Estate takes over from the low wall that had enclosed the premises as a meeting place for local residents
Lisboa (Portugal), 2013
The neglected, deteriorating, dangerous shoreline on the site of an old naval shipyard has become a pedestrian promenade overlooking the Tagus River and very well connected with the centrally located Praça do Comércio
Bucharest (Romania), 2012
In the three days of a summer festival, a street normally occupied by cars becomes home to a swimming pool made from rented pallets and waterproof canvas so that residents can enjoy having contact with water.
The Miami Center for Architecture and Design inaugurates the exhibition Shared Spaces. European Prize for Urban Public Space 2014, also presenting Miami Foundation’s 2014 Public Space Challange winners.
Born in Newcastle, Australia, this initiative seeks solutions to revitalize empty spaces. The answer to the problem is to host in them cultural, associative, and even commercial or business initiatives during a provisional amount of time, until they find their definitive use. The experience has already been exported to Egia neighborhood in San Sebastian (Spain), an some projects in Barcelona and Madrid are starting to summarize these spaces in catalogs to help them to find a use.
A comprehensive article in The Guardian analyzes the consequences of the ring road of the city, drawing its administrative and psychological borders. Paris aspires to be a municipality with more than 100 surrounding councils and La Périphérique is not only a physical, but economic and social obstacle. The French capital needs to address the urban challenge of the Great Parisian Wall.
Architects Helena Casanova and Jesus Hernandez have written and edited the book Public Space Acupuncture, published by Actar Publishers New York. It combines the study of innovative strategies to activate or regenerate the urban public space with projects by their studio, based in Rotterdam. The book also presents contributions by Catalan architect Oriol Bohigas and Dutch urban sociologist Arnold Reijndorp.
With suport from the Culture Programme of the European
Union, under the auspices of the "Europe City" project: