Guimarães (Portugal), 2012
Several public fountains undergo temporary changes making them accessible and welcoming so that people dare to occupy them in a playful, festive spirit.
Velenje (Slovenia), 2013
Residents of a housing estate offer their voluntary work to renovate a neglected green zone.
Torino (Italy), 2013
Thanks to participatory design and teamwork, a series of carpentry workshops stimulate the creative skills of young people in a peripheral neighbourhood, reinforcing their ability to make it theirs.
The historian offered a brief reflection on the evolution of public spaces, from their elitist monumentality to their popularization and final commercialization.
The city advisor thinks that parks and streets are fundamental for the health of cities, enhancing solidarity among residents with different social backgrounds, and reinforcing the sense of belonging to the city.
The writer and film-maker reflects on how the act of walking, and the shared memory of all the inhabitants, two of the basic public qualities of city life, are the most threatened in contemporary city-development schemes.
Tomorrow, 22 June at the Pakhuis de Swijger, Amsterdam, experts will try to find answers to this and other questions. Who decides whether a public space can be privatized? And how can ‘the public’ take back control?
In the face of a legitimacy crisis of the EU, the emerging municipal governments “of change”, their innovation in politics and their search for spaces of democratic participation to tackle social imbalances can provide with crucial alternatives for the old continent. Beppe Caiccia writes in Open Democracy.
On the occasion of the book launch of Cities in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2016), Francesco Indovina will speak on "Order and Disorder in the City", in a conversation with Mireia Belil, Francesc Muñoz, Joan Subirats and Oriol Nel·lo, the 16 June in the CCCB.