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Periscope

The section Periscope brings together links for websites with information concerning public space and the city, including the publication of books, articles and opinion pieces, seminars and lectures, and calls for entries in competitions or for prizes, among other themes. This overview of the general background of the European Prize for Urban Public Space aims to identify the most significant issues pertaining to public space and its most outstanding agents around the world.
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    Could Urban Farms Be the Preschools of the Future?

    The farm, Nursery Fields Forever, is the vision of aut- -aut, a group of four architects. Their proposal for a preschool on an urban farm took first prize at this year’s AWR International Ideas Competition; the challenge centered around designing a nursery school model for London.
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    Three Refreshing Reads on Urban Agriculture

    In an article on recent books discussing the diversity of forms of urban agriculture Wayne Roberts, an eminent Canadian food policy analyst, draws attention to the need to produce policies which recognise their benefits for cities.
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    Why the Jane Jacobs vs. Robert Moses Battle Still Matters

    Directed by Matt Tyrnauer, "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City" is a recent documentary which describes Jacobs’ opposition to the model of urban renovation—based on introducing highways into cities—advocated by Robert Moses.
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    Why Housing Policy Should Be Health Policy

    The features of urban decay can have a powerful effect on the overall wellness of a community. But these health impacts are often left relatively unexamined. Article from CITYLAB by Andrew Small.
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    Democratic Public Spaces in the Face of Terrorism

    The terrorist attacks in Paris and other European cities have hidden behind the democratic quality and other values that have been inseparable from public space since its very beginnings: solidarity and the assumption of trust among citizens.
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    Highways gutted American cities. So why did they build them?

    The article describes the destructive impact in America of the Interstate Highway System after the 1950s, drawing attention to the racist implications of the associated “urban renewal” policies.
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    End of the Car Age: How Cities are Outgrowing the Automobile

    Cities around the world are coming to the same conclusion: they’d be better off with far fewer cars. So what’s behind this seismic shift in our urban lifestyles? In this article in The Guardian Stephen Moss goes on an epic (car-free) journey to find out.
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    Book Launch of "Com i per a qui es dissenya la ciutat?" (How and for Whom Is the City Designed?)

    The author and anthropologist, Marc Trias, offers a critical account of Barcelona’s latest large-scale urban planning operation which has changed the city’s seafront in the Port Vell zone. Who benefits from this transformation of the city? The book will be launched on Monday 13 February at the Barceloneta Civic Centre (Conreria St., 1-9, Barcelona).
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    Right to the City: Interviews on the Commons Movement in Europe

    Between 15 and 17 November, the first European Commons Assembly was held in order to call for a defence of the commons by civic-minded, responsible citizens, giving priority to cooperation among individuals and urban groups faced with a prevailing culture of competitiveness.
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    How to Change São Paulo Into a City for Pedestrians

    It is just over a year since São Paolo’s main road, Avenida Paulista, started to be opened for the exclusive use of pedestrians and cyclists on Sundays. A documentary brings together opinions about this measure which has changed the way residents view their city.
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