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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 have markets everywhere even when the situation is very bad”
Interview with Patrick Cockburn
The Middle East correspondent explains why he thinks public space is necessary and highlights its intrinsic democratic dimension. He says that the Internet can never be a true public space and that his favourite public spaces are markets.

Lectures

“Tourism, City and Identity”
Lecture by Xavier Antich
The Catalan philosopher talks about tourism and its relationship with cities. He stresses how crucial it is to think about the model of the city itself before wondering about the model of tourism it should have.

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.

Periscope

Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper (LQC) Transformation of Public Spaces
Project for Public Spaces (PPS) has opened a page of online resources giving access to all LQC projects submitted. LQC processes are created jointly with communities which will enjoy the spaces, and which support these “placemaking” interventions being developed as long-term projects.
The Differences between a Neighbourhood of Artists and One of Scientists
Richard Florida details in CityLab the results of a study enquiring into the sociological differences among a series of neighbourhoods chosen on the basis of residents’ jobs. He draws a number of conclusions about population density, closeness to the workplace, land use and number of leisure spaces.
A New Visual Paradigm for Urban Research
Anna Paricio and Pep Vivas present in BlogURBS a new way of giving a graphic focus to qualitative research on cities. More specifically, they believe that technological advances, especially in the Geographic Information System (GIS), enable researchers to make better use of qualitative data, in terms of both collection and presentation.