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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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    Living in Camps

    A current exhibition in the “Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine” in Paris reflects on the notions of housing and camps and the inherent tension between the two concepts, through the lens of architecture.
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    “Nuit Debout” in Public Squares

    The French “occupy” protest started in Paris Place the la République, a square that had been renewed and opened to the public in 2013. Now the movement is spreading all over France as citizens are taking over cities’ public squares.
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    Barcelona Declaration for Habitat III

    The Barcelona Declaration on “Public Spaces” considers the co-production of political public spaces for civic engagement, discussion and democratic conflict-resolution; the promotion of sustainable car-free mobility; the advancing of social small-scale local economies; and the guarantee for all city-dwellers of access to decent housing in order to create more democratic cities.
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    How is public space changing in European cities?

    From regeneration and grassroots activism to privatisation and security, public space in Europe’s cities is shaped by a variety of urban developments.
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    Empowering cities to deal with refugee crisis

    Despite urban centres having to receive and integrate huge number of refugees, cities lack crucial input when it comes to policy, says a new European report.
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    New Urban Activism in Madrid

    After the economic crisis in Spain, there is hope on social movements: “Their innovation, use of modern tools, and focus on engaged citizenry is remaking the field of urbanism into something that serves citizens better and prioritizes public good over private gain.”
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    Mexico City Declaration for Habitat III

    How to go about financing the New Urban Agenda is one of the main issues that will be addressed in the Habitat III United Nations Conference. According to the Mexico City Declaration, sustainable cities-financing requires that local governments take a seat at the global table and calls for local governments to be empowered to finance urban development recognizing that cities are “reliable partners” for investment.
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    Policy: Urban Physics

    As cities become larger and more complex, the work of urban planners has become more difficult. In the journal Nature we find a reflection on how interdisciplinary work, systems thinking and the inclusion of resident’s tacit knowledge about the city together can provide with crucial information to improve the cities’ health and the inhabitant’s well-being.
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    Prisons and Public Space

    Today, Garrett Felber reflects on the relationship between the prisons and the public at the Institute for Public Knowledge (New York University). The panelist will explore notions of the community prison from the 1930s-1950s, Muslim prison organizing in the 1960s, and our current moment, “the punitive turn”, of prison privatization and mass incarceration.
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    The complex representations of working-class residential towers

    Demolition of decaying housing complexes in the cities’ suburbs in France is a widespread practice preceding urban renewal. Nevertheless, using the case  of the Plain-Ciel tower in Saint Étienne (Lyon) as an example, this article shows how complex systems of representations give new meanings to the built environment. From the symbol of post-war progress and modernity, through the image of decay, Plain-Ciel finally came to be seen as a “monument rooted in the Saint Étienne landscape”.
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