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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.

UrbanScope

From Courtyard to City: The Scales of Politics
Inner Yard | Marika Pecháčková | Studio FAMU | Czech Republic, 2014 | 00:33:41 | Czech > English
The discussions among a group of residents about removing the fences around separate gardens in the interior space of their block constitute a metaphor for the everyday problems of coexistence in the city.

Shared Spaces

“What makes the city cogent is the fact that it invites you to change your mind...”
Interview with Francesc Muñoz
For this Catalan geographer, the European city consists of a set of public spaces and these must speak to us in new languages and invite us to think because, in short, these are the spaces which help the citizen to see things differently.
“Public space for young people doesn’t exist, is forbidden to youth"
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.

Periscope

What Is the Immigrant’s Story?
The newspaper The Guardian asks several immigrants what made them leave their birthplaces and what their new lives in the United Kingdom are like. These 100 stories seek to give readers better understanding of an increasingly globalised society.
Immigration Is an Urban Issue
It is estimated that 78% of all immigrants arriving in Great Britain settle in cities. Elli Thomas writes that, rather than restricting the growth of cities, immigration policy should be designed to support it because immigrants often constitute a well-qualified workforce.
Conversation with a Young Urban Planning Activist
Rashiq Fataar interviews Timo Hämäläinen, a young Helsinki-based urban planning activist. Hämäläinen believes that one does not need to be a specialist in order to express views on the planning of one’s own city and cites his experience with the project Pro Helsinki 2.0, which seeks to make Helsinki more dense and diverse.