Gjergj Bakallbashi—who nominated Skanderbeg Square as a candidate for the 2018 Prize—describes the project as one that is capable of generating a different model for Tirana and inspiring other potential squares.
Carolin Emcke reflects on shrinking public spaces for people that are perceived as others and warns of proliferation of radical movements that are taking public space.
Adam Zagajewski speaks about the importance he believes old city centres have as magnets attracting life, thus giving him a feeling of permanency and calm.
Places with public value are those which allow people to represent themselves and, at the same time, recognise others.
MarinaTabassum says that the design practice is changing everywhere. Now fewer and fewer architects can impose their ideas about what a public space should be like.
The second part of the video essay “Soy Cámara” reflects on the mechanisms of advertising and politics of the massive sale of cars and raises questions about the future of road transport traffic. Could electric cars be the solution to the environmental challenge and problems of mobility in cities...
This video essay belonging to the series “Soy Cámara” emphasizes the health risks and environmental Impact of road transport traffic. Why haven’t we had this debate earlier? What are the interests behind the irrational imposition of the automobile? What would cities be like without cars?
When the lonely task of the writer comes to an end, when the book is published and is being distributed, this is, for Georges Didi-Huberman, a moment when public space comes into being.
Urban spaces, besides being public, are also political. They start out from the idea that all members of the public have access to it, but who has access to certain “public” spaces and who does not?
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