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Social housing building in Brandon Street
London (United Kingdom), 2012
FINALIST 2014
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
Renovation of Ribeira das Naus
Lisboa (Portugal), 2013
FINALIST 2014
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
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.

Lectures

“What Is a Decent City? Between Pragmatism and Utopia”
Debate between Richard Sennett and Ira Katznelson.
The sociologist Richard Sennett and the political scientist Ira Katznelson are in favour of applying principles of pragmatic thought in order to improve the form and content of the city, a “decent city”, aiming at what is desirable but bound to what is possible.

Shared Spaces

“The age in which public space was structured around the press and mass media has come to an end”
Interview with Luc Boltanski
The French philosopher and sociologist describes the changes undergone by public space in recent years. For him, public space is the place where political debate occurs so it is not surprising that conversations about politics in a Parisian café constitute his favourite public space.

Exhibitions

“Shared Cities”, on Show in London
21/07/2015 - 09/08/2015 | Royal Academy of Arts (London)
The Architecture Foundation, in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts, will exhibit the European Prize for Urban Public Space in 2014 in the British capital, with parallel activities.

Periscope

What if Dublin had more benches?
Social networks are helping to create new ways of discussion and participation, and “What if Dublin” is an example of it. A group of young and anonymous architects are using Twitter to discuss about their city, aiming to create an inclusive and different debate. Last March, alongside the Irish Architecture Foundation, they placed five steel benches in different places of Dublin, allowing the passerby to sit and discuss in the network about those public spaces.
Berlin: Transforming the city around behavioral changes
How can Germany’s most populated city be able to attract 40.000 new residents each year? Why does it enjoy an innovative, creative reputation? This article by “La Fabrique de la Cité” explains how Berlin is constantly transforming itself through the amount of space, the uses changes – Like Tempelhof Park, which was an airport before -, the “Do it together” culture and the urban public data.
Young people are driving the "urban renaissance" of city centres.
"The Guardian Cities" talks about the last report from think tank "Centre for Cities", which points out that in the last 10 years, the number of 22 to 29-year-olds living in large city centres (+550.000 inhabitants, except London) has tripled. This fact changes the composition of the types of work (towards highly skilled), as well as public and private spaces, bringing an "urban renaissance" to areas that were deteriorated.