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Temporary Swimming Pool in Arthur Verona Street
Bucharest (Romania), 2012
FINALIST 2014
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.
Renovation of the Baluard del Príncep
Palma (Spain), 2013
FINALIST 2014
The demolition of three military buildings constructed in the 1960s made it possible to recover the previously inaccessible Baluard del Príncep (Prince’s Bastion) as an open public space with privileged views over the sea.
Leisure areas on the right bank of the Vistula River
Warsaw (Poland), 2013
A footpath and three beaches equipped with games areas, public baths, sports fields and barbecue zones have enabled citizens to reclaim the right bank of the Vistula River, which had been neglected, inaccessible and used as a rubbish dump for years.

Exhibitions

Helsinki, Venue for the “Shared Cities” Exhibition
4 February 2015 – 15 March 2015 | Museum of Finnish Architecture (Helsinki)
An expanded version of the exhibition showing works presented for the 8th European Prize for Urban Public Space is to be opened on the occasion of the "Schools as Public Space” seminar.

Shared Spaces

“The idea of anonymity has been lost in contemporary cities”
Interview with Marta Segarra
Shared Spaces speaks with Marta Segarra, Professor of French Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Barcelona.
“Cities have costs and problems but they also have experimental spaces where solutions may be found”
Interview with Ulrich Beck
Shared Spaces speaks with Ulrich Beck, professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Periscope

Too Poor to Play a Part in Society
A study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation alerts that 40% of British families live below an income level regarded as sufficient to participate in society. The fact that people cannot pay for one week’s holidays, even within the United Kingdom, and families with children are unable to buy a second-hand car are examples given as indicating how difficult it is to enjoy social inclusion.
Local Democracy as a Substitute for Data
When considering present-day enthusiasm for collecting data in order to improve quality of life, David Satterthwaite asks who the data is collected for, and for what ends. By contrast, having identified most developmental needs as local, he suggests that democratic processes should be emphasised in the search for solutions.
The Better Block
The Better Block discusses a number of urban transformation projects presently being undertaken in the United States and Canada. Aiming to offer instruments of tactical urbanism to other communities, it provides a wide range of material showing projects already underway, especially those which highlight the importance of public transport and sustainability.