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.
26-28 March 2015 | Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB – Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona)
The CCCB will be the venue for most of the activities of this Conference, which upholds the public market model and will discuss strategies for revitalising it and ensuring that it remains viable.
Interview with Shirley Steinberg
Shirley Steinberg speaks about her concept of public space, analyses the way it is experienced by children and young people, and describes how it can be reclaimed through theatre and art in general.
Interview with Enric Batlle
The Catalan architect questions the notion that the European city is more compact than the American one and calls for combating the monopoly of the automobile in sprawling cities.
The group Project for Public Spaces suggests that streets should be reimagined as places for the community rather than as merely spaces for vehicular transport, as they were seen in the twentieth century. They describe the benefits that shared urban experiences can bring and emphasise the importance of “placemaking”.
With the work of the RCR Studio and that of Arne Jacobsen as her starting point, María Cambra writes about how landscape can be an organising element in architecture. Although they show some differences, the two studios produce architecture based on the concept of place and not space. Beginning from contemplation of and reflecting about the place, they ensure that landscape and construction are a close fit.
Peter Ormerod tells the story of Steve, a homeless alcoholic who finds that all the institutions he turns to for help ignore him. This very personal portrait, says Ormerod, should shame British society by revealing the failure of the social infrastructure on which needy people depend. Its fragility makes them feel even more fragile.