Soviet squares: how public space is disappearing in post-communist cities

“Oleksandr Burlaka claims that the most valuable feature of communist urban spaces lies in their “spatial freedom”, which is “sometimes naive, but a clear urban logic without over-regulation”. As an example, he singles out the Rusanivka district in Kiev, where standard prefab towers of the 1970s are integrated with canals and embankments. Although the built-in… Continue reading Soviet squares: how public space is disappearing in post-communist cities

Right to the city: can this growing social movement win over city officials?

“Puvendra Akkiah, a planner for the city of Durban. “There are no viable public spaces without communities, and no viable communities without public space: public space is a generator of democratic cities.”” – Right to the city: can this growing social movement win over city officials?

The Billionaires’ Park – NYTimes.com

“Central Park is now a gleaming jewel thanks to $700 million in private investments, and two years ago a hedge fund manager — who lives in a mansion steps from the park — gave $100 million to shine it further. Private money now covers 75 percent of the park’s annual operating budget” – The Billionaires’… Continue reading The Billionaires’ Park – NYTimes.com

The Billionaires’ Park – NYTimes.com

“A declining public sector, burdened by budget cuts, creates a vacuum for imaginative civic leadership that is being filled by a new class of Medicis. Things are going to get a lot worse, too. Nondefense discretionary federal spending will fall to its lowest level in modern history by 2017, leaving Washington less able to finance… Continue reading The Billionaires’ Park – NYTimes.com

Anti-homeless spikes are part of a wider phenomenon of ‘hostile architecture’

“The architectural historian Iain Borden says the emergence of hostile architecture has its roots in 1990s urban design and public-space management. The emergence, he said, “suggested we are only republic citizens to the degree that we are either working or consuming goods directly.” – Anti-homeless spikes are part of a wider phenomenon of ‘hostile architecture’

‘Selling Out’ Is Meaningless — Medium

“Today’s teens are desperate for any form of freedom. In a world where they have limited physical mobility and few places to go, they’re deeply appreciative of any space that will accept them. Because we’ve pretty much obliterated all public spaces for youth to gather in, they find their freedom in commercial spaces, especially online.”… Continue reading ‘Selling Out’ Is Meaningless — Medium