In Central and Eastern Europe we often find common challenges on the municipal level; municipalities work with limited budgets, but typically underuse available resources. In practice, this means that municipalities do not have an abundance of resources to build new public infrastructure or even to reconstruct and maintain the existing one, but they own generous public spaces and other property that requires fixing.
The physical and social normative properties of street furniture, Mary Dellenbaugh
Public space, in particular in cities, is an important backdrop for gatherings and everyday social life. The organization of public space and the objects in it, most notably street furniture such as benches, bus stop shelters, advertising pollards, and public restrooms, determine which uses are possible or allowed and help to create and confirm norms about how we should move through and use space and which persons or groups are welcome there. In this essay, two aspects of street furniture’s norming function will be discussed: its provision by various entities (public authorities, private contractors and developers) and its physical structure and arrangement.
Download an issue of the Slovak Architectural Review magazine: Projekt 3-4, 2017 dedicated to the topic of Iconic Ruins. The monothematic double issue deals with iconic architecture choosing transformation, rather than demolition or historically true reconstruction as an approach. The magazine displays the extensive research and work of established architects and students on selected iconic buildings in Berlin, Prague, Katowice and Bratislava conducted under the scope of Shared Cities: Creative Momentum.
Young Mothers Changing Their Neighborhood Urban Hub, Case Study Belgrade
It can be said that passivity and apathy are significant (e)motions in Central and Eastern European societies. For decades our cities were managed, decided and maintained by central driven mechanisms. Design and maintenance of public space as well. Only important landmarks, plazas and boulevards are winning better treatment – nice furniture, greenery, maintenance and navigation systems. But in our cities, we are left with vast spaces with no maintenance.
Unlike their counterparts in the business world, cultural institutions and event organisers rarely use data to underpin their decision making. What can we learn about the event goers? Can data help understand how culture influences the development of the city? How can you make communication effective in a data culture?
Get inspired at the Data For Culture Conference: lectures, expert discussions and hands-on workshops will offer insight!
Rakoczisquaring in practice, Budapest. Shared Cities Diaries #4
For four days in September, the Rákóczi square hosted workshops, pop-up stores, idea-generating presentations and international guests reflecting on the effects the construction of Budapest’s 4th metro line station has had on the square itself and the surrounding neighbourhood.