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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.

UrbanScope

From Courtyard to City: The Scales of Politics
Inner Yard | Marika Pecháčková | Studio FAMU | Czech Republic, 2014 | 00:33:41 | Czech > English
The discussions among a group of residents about removing the fences around separate gardens in the interior space of their block constitute a metaphor for the everyday problems of coexistence in the city.

Shared Spaces

“What makes the city cogent is the fact that it invites you to change your mind...”
Interview with Francesc Muñoz
For this Catalan geographer, the European city consists of a set of public spaces and these must speak to us in new languages and invite us to think because, in short, these are the spaces which help the citizen to see things differently.

News

Barcelona to Be the Venue of the 9th International Public Markets Conference
26-28 March 2015 | Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB – Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona)
The CCCB will be the venue for most of the activities of this Conference, which upholds the public market model and will discuss strategies for revitalising it and ensuring that it remains viable.

Periscope

Conversation with a Young Urban Planning Activist
Rashiq Fataar interviews Timo Hämäläinen, a young Helsinki-based urban planning activist. Hämäläinen believes that one does not need to be a specialist in order to express views on the planning of one’s own city and cites his experience with the project Pro Helsinki 2.0, which seeks to make Helsinki more dense and diverse.
Making Cities Together LAB: Call for Applications
The International Federation for Housing and Planning, the International Newtown Institute and the Placemakers group, have opened a call for applications by people interested in taking part in a laboratory researching public space as part of the project “Making Cities Together - Planners Becoming Placemakers. The deadline is 30 March.
Reimagining Streets as Community Roots
The group Project for Public Spaces suggests that streets should be reimagined as places for the community rather than as merely spaces for vehicular transport, as they were seen in the twentieth century. They describe the benefits that shared urban experiences can bring and emphasise the importance of “placemaking”.