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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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    The Vigilante Cyclists of San José: "Civil Society Has to Be a Trailblazer"

    Tired of government bureaucracy and traffic jams, activists in Costa Rica’s capital are solving the city’s transport problems themselves: painting crossings, funding research and even building green infrastructure.
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    Paris Allows Residents to Plant Urban Gardens All Over the City

    Whether it’s a façade, a roof or a watering basin, any space can be turned into an orchard or urban garden, with the goal of adding 100 hectares of green space to the city by 2020. This is exactly what the Paris City Council is proposing thanks to recently approved legislation that allows residents to plant gardens all over the city.
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    Solidarność Square hosts #SavePolishWomen protests

    The Solidarność Square in Szczecin, Joint Winner in 2016, has been a scenario of massive protests that have flooded Poland during last week. Thousands of women have boycotted work and, dressed in black and under the slogan #SavePolishWomen, they have taken the streets in protest against a plan to ban abortions.
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    "In the End: Architecture"

    To mark the retirement of founding director Dietmar Steiner, the Architekturzentrum Wien (Az W) is an exhibition that takes a look at sixty years of international architecture history while making current, inspiring movements for change palpable.
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    "If You Don't Have Organised Movements, Segregation Gets Worse"

    Kathrin Golda-Pongratz interviewed Teresa Caldeira during the international conference Contested Cities about the importance of urban policies to adress big capital and gentrification processes. [Video | English]
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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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