My Public Space
Berlin Beach

Squares, city beaches, fields, parks, quays – in theory they are open to everybody, but their public character is under pressure. Public spaces are being privatised as a result of the decrease in state intervention, they are assigned a particular theme to encourage tourism, or they are under tight surveillance to improve security. The result is a growing number of sites that are intended for a specific group instead of for everybody. In short, my public space is no longer your public space.

How public is our public space these days?
European Prize for Urban Public Space
The European Prize for Urban Public Space is a biennial competition that is presently organised by the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, the Netherlands Architecture Institute, The Architecturzentrum Wien, The Architecture Foundation and the Museum of Finish Architecture in order to recognize and encourage aimed at recovering and creating spaces of cohesion in cities.
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European Public Index (EPI)
There are large differences within Europe in the degree to which public space really is public: regulations, urban furniture, social policy, but also temperature and rainfall determine how public space is experienced. The European Public Index (EPI) has been designed to express these values.
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