Public Space’s Service System

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Presentation of the Public Space’s Service System Project

Pedro Brandão (PI)

pbrandao@civil.ist.utl.pt
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5537-0186
http://psss.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/en/
“Instituto Superior Técnico. Lisboa”

Abstract

Recognizing public spaces’ importance, it is necessary to better evidence what it does serve for: its services or benefits, as a principle in evaluating the return of social value, of economic, political, emotional investments, how it is produced, how it is organized and how it is related to the actors.

 

 

Almost forty years ago, Kevin Lynch analyzed public spaces for their image qualities: vitality, identity, pleasantness, readability, diversity … Until today, methods do not vary much because of the frequent consideration for new “qualities” that ‘good public space’ is supposed to posess. In the end, Lynch was in fact criticizing his own construct:

The ‘perceptual qualities’ of ‘mental image’ can be opposing each other, or be illusory. So, how to evaluate them? Quality indicators, which only sometimes refer to the “public”, have to accept that there are many types of “publics”, and that space “value” is more than the sum of spatial diverse “qualities” (diverse interests, will find in public space different value). Thus, the evaluation must interpret space, clarifying the multiplicity and variability of services provided by it and demonstrate the values that are involved and the system that organizes them.

We can thus look at public spaces as part of a system (like other urban systems, infra-structural  landscape…) and consider in their potential validation, systems’ physical or relational factors: production, organization, limits, context, connectivity, actors, values, services, representations.

This project’s fundamentals are:

• “Space construction” deals with urban public space systems and the practices of “right to the city” (H. Lefebvre), both on Hardware and Software.

• Interdisciplinary mode is the assuming of the subjectivities in the multi-dimensional rational, making cross-evaluations, of different realities (and their actors).

• The interaction process requires a common language to translate values and meanings of space, as a service of public benefit. To interpret the public space system we can’t isolate… nor eliminate variables, unless we integrate them… in the process.

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Danae Esparza and Selene Camargo, awarded with the Extraordinary Doctoral Award of the University of Barcelona

In the incomparable setting  of the central main hall of the University of Barcelona, the Extraordinary Doctoral Prizes were awarded (04/19/2018). These prizes are awarded the best doctoral thesis of each of the current doctoral programs at the University. Continue reading Danae Esparza and Selene Camargo, awarded with the Extraordinary Doctoral Award of the University of Barcelona

On the w@terfront. 1st Video Issue

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Espacio Público, Participación, Gobernanza

Video Número I de las ponencias presentadas en el Seminario Internacional ·Espacio Público: Retos y Oportunidades”. Barcelona, Biblioteca del Bon Pastor, 15 a 17 Enero 2018

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Articles

Carme Turégano
Carme Turégano
Miguel Ángel Lozano
Miguel Ángel Lozano
Josep Capsir
Josep Capsir
Joan Roca
Joan Roca

 

On the w@terfront: 2 more issues in RACO

Núm. 60/3 Bon Pastor. Civic remembrance (I)

water60_04_01-1.jpgThe spatial memory system in the neighborhood of Bon Pastor (Barcelona). Study of the White Center

Antoni Remesar, Bibiana Crespo

 

Abstract

Following the development in 2011 of the Mural of Remembrance in Baró de Viver (Barcelona) the adjacent district of Bon Pastor, showed interest on having a symbolic and artistic element of similar characteristics. However, from the beginning, Bon Pastor neighbours expressed the idea that writing their remembrance should not be displayed on a linear support, but should be distributed by the territory. The research group of the Polis Research Centre started a participatory process (not completed nowadays) within the framework of cooperation agreements between the Centre, the Neighbourhood Association and the local authorities of the Sant Andreu district. At the same time, the theme of this “memory system and space” became a topic to be developed by one of the interdisciplinary and international teams of students of the Master Degree in Urban Design: Art, City , Society of the Universitat de Barcelona. This article presents the progress carried out.

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A creative waterfront: the district of La Daurade in Toulouse

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Abstract

This paper analyses the development and transformation of the district of La Daurade in Toulouse (France) which has an urban perimeter delimited by monumental landmarks that define the profile of the city and its waterfront. Due to its strategic location it has all the key elements that define a cultural district. The quai de La Daurade is the epicentre of this artistic neighbourhood that, over time, has undergone different transformations shaping the character of the area. Around these banks of the Garonne river orbits the activity of this dynamic neighbourhood, which was once the link with this important waterway. La Daurade’s commercial past, very active since the 18th century, had its epicentre in these streets. This circumstance has brought important cultural improvements with the incorporation during the last decades of artistic institutions, which have contributed to the revitalization of the urban fabric. All this has favoured the citizen involvement in certain activities and social events in the neighbourhood. This district is an important artistic and social regenerator, basing in the arts the cultural motor for the development of this part of the city.