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Municipal Stadium Transport Hub
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.
Refurbishment of Wilhelmina Square
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.
“Fountain hacks”
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.

AgoraTXT (2)

When Architecture Speaks up for Public Space
Francis Rambert
"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".

News (393)

Enric Batlle, President of the Jury for the Ninth Award of the Prize
The Catalan architect is internationally recognised for his considerable experience in creating green spaces connecting landscapes in city outskirts and strengthening their ecological values.
“AgoraTXT”, a New Section of Articles on This Website
The website publicspace.org presents the section AgoraTXT, which will offer a selection of articles concerned with the values of, and challenges faced by public space in European cities

Periscope (350)

On how automobiles took over the streets
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.
The abyss of private car
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.
Silence!
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.