Posts Tagged ‘public space’

Common public space design in Estonian-Latvian twin town Valga-Valka

Johanna Holvandus and Kadri Leetmaa make a case for cross border city twinning, showcasing the story of Estonian-Latvian border towns Valga and Valka, the recent hosts of a regional URBACT seminar. On October 18, 2018 Estonian-Latvian border towns Valga (EE) and Valka (LV) hosted a regional URBACT seminar. The aim of the common event was […]

By Johanna Holvandus, on February 1st, 2019 at 10:57

Gender Equal Cities: a walk in the park?

‘Gender Equality’ has become one of the political zeitgeists of 2018, prompting institutions around the globe to take a closer look at how women and men interact in personal, professional and public spheres. But what does it mean for European cities? The new URBACT initiative, Gender Equal Cities, sought to provide some answers to this […]

By Sally Kneeshaw, on October 9th, 2018 at 13:31

Island of pedestrians

Landing at the ferry port of Silba, a medium-sized island in Northern Dalmatia, crystal-clear sea and a decent beach with white pebbles are waiting right next to the port. The nearby café serves as a beach bar, as well as a waiting room for many travellers who visit the island in summer. But, unlike other […]

By Marko Peterlin, on February 1st, 2018 at 15:11

“From place-making to place-keeping?”

How to involve citizens in the long-term management of public spaces. Public spaces are thought to positively affect the wellbeing of their users in various ways. These associated benefits are reason enough for local authorities to invest in the creation of such high quality places through place-making processes. Place-making means the creation and shaping of […]

By Maike Schmoch, on November 24th, 2017 at 12:27

Want to reduce traffic in cities? These parking policy tools will help

Parking policy in Europe has a long tradition of following parking demand, and many European cities have ended up giving a large part of their public spaces to parking, at a high cost. It is estimated that on average cars in cities are being used for only 1 hour per day, and that up to […]

By Tatjana Marn, on April 28th, 2017 at 14:00

Creating Partnerships on Teleki Square

With approaching municipal elections in October 2014, inaugurating celebrations of different public spaces are a daily occurrence. However, one deserves special attention. In Budapest’s 8th district, within the framework of a social rehabilitation programme going on for nearly 10 years, the city’s best practice of community planning took place, for the renewal of the disreputable […]

By Mariann Majorné Venn, on October 16th, 2014 at 11:55

Getting Residents Involved in Improving Public Spaces: Lessons Learned

Residents’ involvement is vital in developing public spaces. Who better than the residents can talk about what they need, say what is not working, and suggest improvements? It is the residents who actually use the public spaces and their expert practical knowledge is invaluable. The majority of the URBACT USER network partner cities report that […]

By URBACT, on October 10th, 2014 at 20:10

Cities were Meant for People: Change and Conflicts in Using Public Space

Public spaces, as a place where public life and communication unfurl, create a distinctive image of a particular society. The way they are created, used and maintained tells us about the intensity and nature of relations between members of the society. Our presence or absence, our behaviour and the intensity of usage reflect our participation […]

By URBACT, on August 19th, 2014 at 14:11

How to Create ‘Exercise-friendly’ Environments (Spoiler: Network!)

That is not what we’d call a news: exercise is important for public health. That is why it is particularly interesting for cities to think about how they can create ‘exercise-friendly’ environments. Between 2011 and 2013, 9 Dutch cities were involved in a pilot study into the creation of exercise friendly public space, including: Almere, […]

By Simone Pekelsma, on June 18th, 2014 at 17:33

Public Spaces And The “Publicness”: Something Is Changing

The main features of public spaces are that they are public (not private), have open access and are used by many people for common purpose. But, this ideal of public space, open to everyone, does it exist in reality? Isn’t there the potential for domination by some groups? Public space today is considered to be […]

By Fernando Barreiro Cavestany, on March 18th, 2014 at 13:46