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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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    'A monster crawls into the city'

    Saskia Sassen and her son, artist Hilary Koob-Sassen, explain the growth of modern cities, the forced displacement of residents and the destruction of traditional neighbourhoods in the lyrics of a fable.
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    Urban Age 2016 Conference in Venice

    In partnership with United Nations Habitat III, the conference (14 – 15 July) will investigate how people, institutions, policymakers, investors and designers affect the physical form of cities, and how this impacts on the way we live in them.
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    Conference on Cities of Welcome/Cities of Transit

    The Conference, taking place in Barcelona on the 14 and 15 July, will look at the ways in which the arrival and transit of refugees is currently shaping urban environments across Europe.
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    The Dangerous Advance of Global Urban Sprawl

    Urban sprawl is increasingly untenable. “Eradicating it in favour of liveable, accessible, multi-centred, high-density cities should become a shared global commitment.” Mark Swilling writes for the Guardian Cities ahead of the latest Urban Age Conference in Venice.
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    Public Spaces Are Going Private

    “Part of the explanation for this trend is that local authorities are increasingly using existing public spaces to raise funds, by charging for events or leasing their spaces to companies.”
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    How to keep the public space public?

    Tomorrow, 22 June at the Pakhuis de Swijger, Amsterdam, experts will try to find answers to this and other questions. Who decides whether a public space can be privatized? And how can ‘the public’ take back control?
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    A European network of rebel cities?

    In the face of a legitimacy crisis of the EU, the emerging municipal governments “of change”, their innovation in politics and their search for spaces of democratic participation to tackle social imbalances can provide with crucial alternatives for the old continent. Beppe Caiccia writes in Open Democracy.
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    Cities in the 21st Century

    On the occasion of the book launch of Cities in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2016), Francesco Indovina will speak on "Order and Disorder in the City", in a conversation with Mireia Belil, Francesc Muñoz, Joan Subirats and Oriol Nel·lo, the 16 June in the CCCB.
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    Spaces for Survival and Street Vending in Lagos

    “Street trading acts as a crucial source of income for large numbers of the urban poor but the management of street trading activities by constituted authority is typically hostile, therefore hampering their ability to operate” says the urban designer and researcher, Kolade Akiyode.
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    The Lack of Public Spaces Will Kill Urbanity

    René Boer and Mark Minkjan write on the “The Tyranny of the Filter Bubble and the Future of Public Space.” “Real cities have many open and unscripted places where otherness is encountered, and where non-consumers are also citizens.”
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