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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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    The City of Copenhagen to Open the Lecture Cycle “Perspectives on Sustainable Mobility” in Barcelona

    Organised by the Barcelona City Council, the lecture cycle aims to discuss the contribution of several European cities to sustainable mobility. The opening lecture is to be given by Morten Kabell of the Copenhagen City Council, who received the Special Recognition award in the 2016 European Prize for Urban Public Space.
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    The Most Congested Cities in Europe and North America in Pictures

    Traffic jams increase pollution, drive up stress and decrease productivity. The Inrix Traffic Scorecard interprets real-time speed data for cities in Europe and North America to establish annual measures of congestion. The results are surprising.
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    3 Ways to Make People-Friendly Cities by Gehl Architects

    In this video, the architect David Sim favours simple interventions in public space which citizens can understand, rather than large-scale urban planning projects. He believes the former should promote use of the bicycle and include children in the planning process.
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    The Soul of Cities: UNESCO Says Culture is Key to Sustainable Urban Development

    The publication “UNESCO Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Urban Development” seeks to demonstrate the link between UNESCO Culture Conventions and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a universal agenda for creating a more peaceful and equitable world.
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    Nature Based Solutions Helping to Change Our Cities

    Cities are as complex as nature. Nature can help solve many of the problems that modern cities face. Produced by the Nature Conservancy in the USA, this video celebrates the work of a few in the Anacostia River Watershed in Washington DC.
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    Half the Public Space of Paris Is Given Over to Vehicular Traffic

    An article in the newspaper Le Monde offers an interesting study quantifying the street space in Paris in order to discover the areas allocated for different kinds of urban mobility. The results are revealing. While private vehicles are used for 13% of the movement around the city, they occupy 50% of the space of public thoroughfares.
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    10 Bike Lanes So Depressingly Crappy They’re Almost Funny

    A quick scroll through the Internet highlights how poorly planned and built bike lanes can sometimes be. This bad practice is extended throughout the world’s cities and it could be hilarious if it didn’t reveal a lack of interest in basic infrastructure for sustainable urban mobility.
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    Francesco Tonucci Will Speak in Barcelona About Public Space and Childhood

    The well-known Italian educator, Francesco Tonucci will speak in the seminar “Children’s Rights in the City”, reflecting upon and answering the question of how to transform public space for better childhood and adolescent experience of the city.
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    Why Should my Car Pay Cheaper Rent than Me?

    This is one of the most revealing questions raised in an article published in Strong Towns which ponders the contradictions of decades-old policies encouraging people to drive, for example laws establishing the stipulations for parking minimums that are to be applied in the spaces of American cities.
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    “We Have to Politicize Our Judgment of Urban Transformation”

    Interview with David Bravo, architect and CCCB associate, on the occasion of Habitat III, the third international conference on Housing and Sustainable Development, held in Quito in October 2016. He discusses the right to housing, the need to democratize cities, and taking a critical stance in the discussion about the so-called smart cities.
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