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Social housing building in Brandon Street
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
Renovation of Ribeira das Naus
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
Temporary Swimming Pool in Arthur Verona Street
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.


“Shared Cities” Now in Porto
9 – 29 October 2015 | Atrium, Town Hall, Porto
The itinerant exhibition continues its long journey with this second stop in Portugal. Organized by Porto City Council, and with the collaboration of Procur.Arte and the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto, the exhibiton is on show at Porto Town Hall.

Shared Spaces

“The main problem with public space is its insufficiency”
Interview with Ira Katznelson
The American political scientist, president of the Social Science Research Council and former president of the American Political Science Association (APSA), defines the characteristics of public space: localisation, expression, vicinity and democracy. He describes the New York subway as a space which condenses all these factors.
“You can’t take a space without understanding how it fits into a greater network”
Interview with Richard Burdett
The sociologist, urban planner, professor of Urban Studies and director of Urban Cities and also of the Urban Age Programme at London School of Economics, talks about what public space is and how to interpret it as a whole within a wider network. His favourite public space is in northern Italy, the main street of Vicenza, any afternoon, when it is full of people walking around.


Carlo Scarpa International Prize 2015 is presented in Granada
The Carlo Scarpa Award for the garden will have a presentation at the Alhambra in Granada, which will include lectures about the 2015 awarded project: The landscape of Maredolce-La Favara, in Palermo. It is a garden of twelfth century; build under the Arab and Norman influence in Sicily and it is a place that has not been altered with the urban growth of the city. This event is seeking to think about landscape in public space and water’s important role in Islamic architecture.
Barcelona, an Example of the “Market City”
The market has always had a very important role to play in society but, in recent decades, outlets selling everyday food items have lost ground to supermarkets. This article published by “Project for Public Spaces” (PPS) upholds the market as a key element of public space and a tool for combatting social inequality and achieving better distribution of resources. Barcelona is presented here as an example to follow in projects seeking to revitalise markets.
Can You Identity a City from Its Street Plan Alone?
Every big city in the world has had an ambitious urban plan attempting to organise it in accordance with a series of ideas and objectives ranging from productive, quality of life through to military and others, thus producing different kinds of public space. Hence, there are some urban plans which have become famous around the world. “Guardian Cities” offers a test where you can find out how many cities you can recognise on the basis of their urban plans alone. Good luck!