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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 Vienna Model Travels to Berlin

    From the 13 June until the 11 August the Aedes Architecture Forum is hosting an exhibition and discussion on new strategies for the design and implementation of future-oriented forms of housing, being the Vienna Model the departing point.
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    constellation.s Exhibition

    “The world is changing, and the ways we live in it are changing too”. The Arc en Rêve Architecture Centre is hosting an exhibition, series of lectures and publications about architecture, cities, habitation and inhabiting the world. From the 2 June to 25 of September.
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    Spatial Justice and the City

    Philippe Gervais-Lambony, Professor of Geography at the University Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, will speak on «Inequalities and differences in spatial justice in the cities». Presented by Núria Benach, from the University of Barcelona.
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    Parks Without Borders Summit

    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.
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    Giving Streets Back to Residents

    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
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    Smart Technology is a Solution Looking for a Problem

    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.”
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    “Democratic Cities” Event in Madrid

     Next week, the Prado and Reina Sofia Museums in Madrid will host the “Democratic Cities” events, including key speakers, panel discussions and workshops to enhance the debate about how technologies can contribute to build more democratic cities.
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    “Yesterday’s Future” in the DAM

    The German Architecture Museum (DAM) recently inaugurated an exhibition on futurist utopian architecture models from the past century that were never realized. These were meant to provide ideas for living and surviving in phases of immense social upheaval.
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    Alarming Rates of Air Pollution in World’s Cities

    According to data released by the WHO, air pollution has risen 8% in five years in fast-growing cities. Causing more than 3m deaths a year, air pollution is considered the biggest single killer in the world, and stopping its advance is critical. Reducing smokestack emissions, using renewable power sources or reducing car traffic are some of the measures taken by cities to face the environmental emergency.
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    The Pitfalls of Smartness

    The forthcoming European Sustainable Cities Summit will largely focus on the idea of Smart Cities. We suggest a reading that questions the sustainability of the smart model, for it privileges the technical over the social, generates uneven geographical development and can potentially deepen social inequalities.
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