Wrocław (Poland), 2012
The new Municipal Stadium tram and train transport hub, an open porch without air-conditioning, has become an elegant landmark in a setting of large-scale infrastructure.
Leeuwarden (The Netherlands), 2012
The surface of a square that was too big and cheerless has been reduced and filled with everyday activities with the addition of the new Fries Museum and three residential buildings with small businesses at street level.
Guimarães (Portugal), 2012
Several public fountains undergo temporary changes making them accessible and welcoming so that people dare to occupy them in a playful, festive spirit.
This short video by the American comedians “College Humor” explains how, one century ago, cars started taking over streets that had previously been spaces open to the public. In spite of the popular protests against the dangers of the motorized vehicles, corporate marketing strategies managed to convince urban dwellers that they no longer owned the streets.
This illustration by the artist Karl Jilg, commissioned by the Swedish Road Administration, expresses how far public space in our cities is surrendered to the hegemony of private car.
Miera Street, Riga (Latvia). Cyclists and pedestrians must comply with narrow sidewalks as cars occupy most of the street. But, what if the street was once again a space for effective mobility and social life? "Mierīgi!" (Silence!), a performance by Fine Young Urbanists.