Appropriations – Public Space Workshop Opens at CCCB

Appropriations: Architectural Actions for Inhabiting Collective Space International Workshop ETSAV-CCCB 6 — 10 September 2021 One result of the experience of the pandemic is a reactivation of thinking about urban space in the light of challenges that have hitherto remained more or less hidden, ranging from the effects of climate change in many of its senses (sustainability, health, mobility) through to the complementarity of public … Continue reading Appropriations – Public Space Workshop Opens at CCCB

Patrik Schumacher opens Greenwich’s spring term lecture series

The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2016-2017 :: Patrik Schumacher :: Avant-garde and Mainstream between Art, Theory and Politics Thursday 26th January 2017, 6.30pm Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003] The distinction between avant-garde and mainstream is constitutive of architecture’s evolution. Only by differentiating the avant-garde as a specific subsystem can contemporary architecture actively participate in the evolution of society. The distinction between avant-garde and mainstream is … Continue reading Patrik Schumacher opens Greenwich’s spring term lecture series

A new #PublicSpaceCode for London

A collective manifesto for public space was begun earlier this year on Twitter. We have collected together twelve of the most liked, retweeted and inspiring contributions so far. The newly founded Department of Public Space initiated a manifesto to define future public spaces in London. Conceived by Ed Wall, Academic Leader Landscape at the University of Greenwich, and developed by graduate students on the Landscape Architecture and Urbanism programmes, the … Continue reading A new #PublicSpaceCode for London

Shared Cities: European Prize for Urban Public Space 2014

21 July – 9 August 2015 The latest exhibition at the Royal Academy showcases the twenty-five most outstanding projects shortlisted for the 2014 European Prize for Urban Public Space, which aims to draw attention to interventions that give priority to access over barriers of every kind and encourage appropriation by citizens. Free entry, no need to book. Continue reading Shared Cities: European Prize for Urban Public Space 2014

Bosco Verticale Milan – The next step

About 20 years ago Patric Blanc left climbers behind and started to create highly designed and engineered green walls. Although intense in maintenance and not very sustainable they are fantastic if built at the right spot. Stefano Boeri took the vertical greening up another step. Two residential towers (80 m and 112 m) in the centre of Milan have been planted in 2013 with over … Continue reading Bosco Verticale Milan – The next step

MFO Park Zurich – The Park House

The dynamic relationship between structures and open spaces at the MFO Park is discussed by Christoph Fisher. Imagine a steel frame structure 100 m by 35 m and 17 m high in the city centre adjacent to office and residential blocks about the same size. Several levels and platforms are connected by grated stairs and bridges. This would make by itself a quite impressive object. … Continue reading MFO Park Zurich – The Park House

Topotek1 present Superkilen

This morning Martin Rein-Cano gave a lecture on public space at the Garden Museum. The lecture sponsored by the European Commission was part of a day of presentations discussing delightful cities. Rein-Cano presented Topotek1‘s project in Copenhagen, titled Superkilen. The expansive public space attempts to ’emancipate’ ideas of migration by collaborating with the surrounding communities to insert features from their home countries. What is achieved … Continue reading Topotek1 present Superkilen

Elevating the Public Realm – New Landscape Competition

ENYA 2014, Queensway Connection: Elevating the Public Realm, is focused on re-imagining the linear landscape of the Queensway. Queensway Connection: Elevating the Public Realm will support Friends of the Queensway and Trust for Public Land in their efforts to transform an abandoned rail right-of-way into a greenway that serves diverse neighborhoods in central and southern Queens. This conversion shares many similarities to the Bloomingdale trail conversion in Chicago, whose … Continue reading Elevating the Public Realm – New Landscape Competition

New Kings Cross Square feels old

Kings Cross Square has officially opened today. The stone paved area on the doorstep of Kings Cross railway station in London is one of the key public spaces in the Kings Cross regeneration. The 75 000 square feet square was part of a competition that attracted entries from landscape architects like Gustafson Porter and Field Operations. From the six competitors Stanton Williams won the commission to realise … Continue reading New Kings Cross Square feels old