AgoraTXTThe section AgoraTXT offers a selection of articles on very wide-ranging urban matters. Signed by writers from very different geographical locations and disciplines, these texts seek to offer deeper reflection and debate on the values of and challenges faced by public spaces in European cities.
"After the fall of communism, we were first busy destroying hated monuments and spontaneously building the foundations of businesses; it was only later that we took up debates on quality, accessibility, innovation and the philosophy of space."
"The bucolic image of London’s historic parks is neither attainable nor arguably desirable in the public spaces of the periphery."
“There is a European-wide consensus that public space contributes to the common good, and that the quality of public space can and does make a difference. This consensus is grounded in a very implicit yet fundamental belief in the values of democrac
«Recovering the city’s most genuine values means not being able to dispense with the irreplaceable legacy we call heritage, which is one of the consubstantial vectors of European culture».
"The creation of indoor spaces for people to gather and the role of nature as an important part of shared space are two northern tendencies that respond to the opportunities that arise and the challenges we face today".
"Tensions between politics and public-space planning are being exceeded by the self-organization of citizens, social interaction and new ways of production".
"We wanted to highlight the importance of new activators to the urban fabric that were able to increase access for everyone to participate. Our findings turned out to be quite diverse"
“In the early years of the European Prize for Urban Public Space, we sought helplessly for representative and innovative examples of public spaces and, now, in the last few years, we have been confronted by an urban movement that has spread througho
"Public space is the place of connecting, which may be through Wi-Fi or by means of physical space. A 'smart city' without spatial quality couldn’t be welcoming and it couldn’t be sustainable".
“Streets, squares and parks in our cities can be renaturalised and connected up with the agricultural and natural spaces we still conserve. This means a network of urban spaces with every possible kind of connection, and ecological, urban and metrop
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