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Baana: pedestrian and bicycle corridor
Helsinki (Finland), 2012
A deep railway cutting which slices through the urban fabric has been converted into a pedestrian and bicycle corridor in a resource-saving collaborative process that also respects the memory of an industrial past.
"Schaustelle", experimental exhibition space München
München (Germany), 2013
While the Pinakothek der Moderne was closed for reforms, a temporary scaffolding structure of some twenty metres high explored new ways of exhibiting art while providing a venue for workshops, film screenings and public events.
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

Shared Spaces

“Democracy is public space at its richest”
Interview with Guy Standing
Guy Standing, the economist who has popularised the term “precariat”, presents his view of public space from the standpoint of the commons, which he sees as being a basic part of urban life and essential for the survival of the precariat. He also reflects on the harmfulness of the market’s invasion of public space and, in a nutshell, of democracy. Finally, Standing reveals that his favourite public space is an amphitheatre of Ancient Greece, for him the cradle of democracy.


Smart City or Shared City
Smart City: In Search of the Smart Citizen | Sara Blom and Dorien Zandbergen │ The Netherlands, 2015 | 01:04:20 | Dutch > English
Through a series of interviews with public office holders, representatives of technological companies and citizens taking part in a data-collection experiment, this documentary raises the main paradoxes entailed in the project of making Amsterdam a “smart city”.

Shared Spaces

 “Public space is shrinking, being sold, or being monitored”
Interview with Judith Butler
The well-known gender theorist and professor of linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley offers her views on public space today. She believes that the possibilities for freedom and assembly and, accordingly, democracy are dwindling. She tells us about her favourite space, the everyday reality of a public swimming pool she frequents in California.


Democratic Public Spaces Holding out against Terrorism:
The recent attacks in Paris have prompted all kinds of reactions. One has been to declare a state of exception in France and thereby focusing unprecedented attention on the light and dark aspects of public safety measures, fear and trust, and directly affecting the regulation of public space and the behaviour of citizens therein. This article describes the importance of shared spaces for democracy and emphasises the need to keep trusting the stranger, especially right now.
The City Is for Playing in São Paulo
Some weeks ago we published an article by CCCBLab about the need for playing. In Brazil, the “Basurama” collective, which manages cultural events, took part in the 2013 “Virada Cultural” (Cultural Turning) festival by hanging dozens of swings from a well-known viaduct for “children from 0 to 99 years” to play on. Citizens could then experience how the city and public space can also be used for amusement and diversion.
The Political Meaning of Urban Space
The Aedes Architecture Forum of Berlin organised the debate “Taksim, Tahrir, Occupy Co” in which speakers from different fields conceptually explored the political meaning of urban space and also discussed how certain events and dynamics in these places can influence international politics. This event was part of the cycle “The Politics of Spatial Practice”, the second session of which is to take place on 26 November.