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.

The European Public Index (EPI) measures the degree to which public space is public on the basis of 6 specific values: social versus liberal; policy on permits; hospitality; average number of working hours per week; temperature; hours of sun and rainfall.

Eight correspondents in eight different European cities measure and reflect on these values in their city and ‘their’ spaces every month. Have permits for street musicians, the consumption of drinks in public, or market stalls changed? Are there political movements perceptible that have an influence on the public space? Are there architectural changes in the city that give the public space a different look? Responses to these questions are reflected in the EPI.

On the basis of the EPI values in the eight cities investigated, the extent to which public space is public in Europe as a whole can be determined.