Amsterdam (Netherlands), 2013
The two porches of a 1980s petrol station become a shelter for cultural activities after being equipped with lighting that has made it a visual landmark.
Nigüelas (Spain), 2013
Restoration of an old community orchard as a collectively managed productive space on the outskirts of town.
Arbúcies (Spain), 2012
A group of adolescents organise to claim and work together for a skatepark, in a participative process which explores the possibilities of collaborative design, their own recycling-based construction, and shared self-management of the resulting space.
The historian offered a brief reflection on the evolution of public spaces, from their elitist monumentality to their popularization and final commercialization.
Interview with Guillermo Peñalosa
The city advisor thinks that parks and streets are fundamental for the health of cities, enhancing solidarity among residents with different social backgrounds, and reinforcing the sense of belonging to the city.
The writer and film-maker reflects on how the act of walking, and the shared memory of all the inhabitants, two of the basic public qualities of city life, are the most threatened in contemporary city-development schemes.
The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation brought together, on the 24 May, thought leaders from a range of disciplines to explore the future of parks and public space. Watch the opening session at the Design Center of The New School.
Barcelona has radical new strategy: the habilitation of “superblocks” that will restrict traffic to a number of big roads, drastically reducing pollution and turning secondary streets into ‘citizen spaces’ for culture, leisure and the community
We should not think of the advent of smart technology as inevitable. Maarten Hajer, chief curator of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2016, has a strong opinion on that matter: “If it doesn't help us get CO2 down, if it doesn't help us make cities more socially inclusive, if it doesn't help us make meaningful work, I'm not interested in smart technology.”