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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.
Renovation of the Baluard del Príncep
Palma (Spain), 2013
FINALIST 2014
The demolition of three military buildings constructed in the 1960s made it possible to recover the previously inaccessible Baluard del Príncep (Prince’s Bastion) as an open public space with privileged views over the sea.

Shared Spaces

“Democratic reform can only happen in public space”
Interview with Axel Honneth
Philosopher, sociologist and director of the Institut für Sozialforschung at the University of Frankfurt

UrbanScope

Sprawl: Growth or Metastasis?
The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream │ Gregory Greene │ The Electric Wallpaper │ Canada, 2004 │ 00:51:43 │ English
Sprawling suburbs of one-family homes and private cars were the chief sets on the stage of the American dream. Going back to a time when fuel was abundant and cheap, they gave rise to a lifestyle that has turned out to be increasingly unsustainable. What will happen to all this when fossil fuels run out?

News

The Prize at the “i2a va in città” Forum
24 February 2015, at 8.30 p.m. | University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), Canobbio (Switzerland)
Judit Carrera will represent the Prize at an international meeting in the metropolitan area of Lugano (Switzerland) of cultural centres dealing with urban themes.

Periscope

Why Wouldn’t We Want Children’s Playgrounds Close to Home?
After a condominium association in Washington opposed a preschool playground Bradley Calvert speaks out in favour of the latter, saying that playgrounds are necessary for the beneficial and sustainable development of the city, that noise is not unusual in urban communities, and that it all depends on the kinds of noise people accept.
The Public Chance
The Public Chance (2008) is one of the books of the “In Common” series of a+t, a publisher specialising in architecture. It offers a visual analysis of 30 urban landscape projects that have generated spaces of opportunity. Having classified the spaces, their surroundings and the topography of the terrain, it identifies twenty strategies for bringing them into being.
Driverless Cars and Suburban Planning
David Edmonson discusses the benefits for urban planning that might be offered by driverless cars, suggesting that there would be less need for the private car and much faster and more environmentally friendly connections with city centres, while space presently used for car parks could be recovered.