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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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    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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    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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