July 31, 2017

This is a multi-purpose public open space. The pedestrian river front is used for public events during summer such as exhibitions, cultural and artisans markets. It has cycling lanes, walking lanes, public outdoor exercising machines, benches, and a beach usually for b...

July 30, 2017

Tempelhofer feld (field) is the former airfield of the closed down Berlin-Tempelhof airport. The airport became famous as it was use for the airlift to supply inhabitants during Russian occupation in the Eastern sector of Berlin.

Today, thanks to civil engagement, the...

July 29, 2017

Public Spaces in Paris are currently under a revision through the „Plan Paris Piéton“ to adapt the PLU -the parisian land use plan. A recent study called L’espace public parisien: nouvelles pratiques, nouveaux usages on parisian public spaces done in 2012 by APUR (Atel...

July 27, 2017

Tiananmen is one of the world’s largest city squares, covering an area of 440.500m². It was designed and built in 1651, on the former area occupied by the Tiananmen gate (literally the “Gate of Heavenly Peace”). The actual square is the result of Mao’s determination in...

July 26, 2017

Thanks to Lauren Dean for responding to our post on public space in Brasilia! Sharing is caring!!!

“ In response to #cityexplorations post today about#publicspace in Brasilia, I was thinking about the comparison to São Paulo, another Brazilian #city, where #urbanpubli...

July 25, 2017

The Rua XV in Curitiba, Brazil, is on of the first - if not THE first - pedestrian zone in South America. "Established" during the military dictatorship in a cloak-and-dagger operation by the former mayor and urbanist Jaime Lerner shop owners wouldn't take this without...

July 23, 2017

With more than 75% of it's settlements being informal, only a few areas have been officially assigned to public space in Dar es Salaam.

But what about open spaces in informal settlements? Do they not count as public spaces? 

Open spaces can be found within all inform...

July 21, 2017

The two pictures displayed were taken as part of a research project on the perception of power discourses in public space in Havana, Cuba. Using the method of reflexive photography, Cuban citizens were interviewed and asked to take pictures of their environment with a...

July 19, 2017

Who and what defines public space? 

Usually definitions of public space include streets, squares and parks in an urban context, linked to outdoor spaces. 

In 1748, Giambattista Nolli expanded the concept of public space. Nolli created a map of Rome that is a mosaic o...

July 17, 2017

How can we assure the best use of our coastal areas for the public use? The city of Vitória, in Brazil, has invited the local community to plan a public space which attends the needs of all - the result is a public park along the beach, with local commerce, small bars,...

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