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Social housing building in Brandon Street
London (United Kingdom), 2012
FINALIST 2014
The bench attached to the foot of the wall of a new social housing block in the Heygate Estate takes over from the low wall that had enclosed the premises as a meeting place for local residents
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.

Shared Spaces

"You can design physical areas, but they do not become public spaces until they are made public by people"
Interview with Diane Davis
Diane Davis, an American sociologist and geographer, and Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism at Harvard University, reflects on the nature of public space giving special attention to the need for people to give sense to places in the city. Davis has worked for much of her career on Latin American countries and Mexico in particular. Her favourite public space is the Zócalo, the main square in Mexico City.


UrbanScope

When fiction surpasses reality
Ficción Inmobiliaria [Real Estate Fiction, parts I and II] | Left Hand Rotation | Museo de los Desplazados | España/Portugal, 2014-2015 | 00:21:00, 00:26:00 | Several languages > English
This collage of fictional stories about the city and its inhabitants interweaves fragments of films to offer a critical account of gentrification, one of the great inherent conflicts in the socioeconomic model of an epoch when cities have grown and transformed as never before

Lectures

“What Is a Decent City? Between Pragmatism and Utopia”
Debate between Richard Sennett and Ira Katznelson.
The sociologist Richard Sennett and the political scientist Ira Katznelson are in favour of applying principles of pragmatic thought in order to improve the form and content of the city, a “decent city”, aiming at what is desirable but bound to what is possible.

Periscope

"Architekturbild": European Architectural Photography Prize 2015
The Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) will be exhibiting until 9 August the outstanding photographs presented for the 2015 award of the European Architectural Photography Prize, which was first awarded twenty years ago. This year’s Prize has focused on the neighbourhood as an example of common use, the different variables in spaces of coexistence – inside and outside of buildings – while bearing in mind not just people but also objects. The winner of this year´s award was the artist Petra Gerschner with “Gezi against Gentrification”.
What if Dublin had more benches?
Social networks are helping to create new ways of discussion and participation, and “What if Dublin” is an example of it. A group of young and anonymous architects are using Twitter to discuss about their city, aiming to create an inclusive and different debate. Last March, alongside the Irish Architecture Foundation, they placed five steel benches in different places of Dublin, allowing the passerby to sit and discuss in the network about those public spaces.