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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 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.
“We don’t have public spaces where immigrants and long-term residents can mix”
Interview with Richard Sennett
The American-born sociologist and writer speaks of public spaces that presently interest him, namely long-neglected places that help immigrants to feel at home. His favourite public space is near where he lives in London, a square in which activity and diversity give it a richness he greatly appreciates.


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!
Guided visit to «Shared Cities» in Lisbon.
The European Prize for Urban Public Space exhibition closes on 5 October. As part of the final activities of  the «Flanêur, New Urban Narratives» project, Procur.Arte cultural association,will offer a range of events including a guided visit to the “Shared Cities” exhibition with David Bravo, architect and secretary of the jury for the Prize. This will take place on 3 October at 6 p.m.