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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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    Governance and the New Urban Agenda

    The co-authored report by experts of the LSE and UCGL for the preparation of Habitat III holds that a new urban governance must be based on aspirations for the right to the city, highlighting the need for decentralization and municipal capacity-building.
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    NYC: free Wi-Fi or surveillance?

    Whereas free public Wi-Fi can be a good opportunity for poorer citizens who can barely afford private providers, it can also be a tool for surveillance particularly for economically vulnerable users. Municipal governments should find a way to offer the service and prevent generating new kinds of inequalities.
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    Parks as Urban Infrastructure

    Urban parks can offer solutions for cities to manage storm water runoff while also meeting residents’ recreation needs. Although using parks as urban infrastructure may be a time-honoured tradition, the report “City Parks, Clean Water” exploring the case of American cities, shows how the smart intersection between large parks and cities requires new technologies and new practices.
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    Right to the city: can this growing social movement win over city officials?

    Urban social movements have been taking over cities’ streets and squares for more than a decade already. They claim for more inclusive cities. As the UN gears up for Habitat III, will governments listen?
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    Renovating Paris Central Squares

    The municipality of Paris has a plan: more trees and fewer cars. The city will habilitate five of its main central squares that now are channeling a large portion of Paris traffic and bring them back to the pedestrians.
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    Walking to School

    A 2012 Danish study found that exercise has greater rewards for academic performance than even food does. Avoiding the use of the car and walking to school can improve children’s concentration.
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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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