Minutes from WG meeting - Public Space

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Minutes from the WG meeting - Public Space, 3rd of December, 2008:


moderator – Ellen Fetzer

participants: Camilo Calderon, Agnieszka Gorniak, Andrew Butler, Liliana Baldi, Martina Tuda, Yvonne Keller,

Presented case studies and keywords/ phenomena of each of them:

Medellin (presented already at the previous session): slums of the city, program of improvement of the area based on “participatory planning” and “slum upgrading” principles, participation of local society, specific methods of creation of public spaces and its rule in the revitalization program; (by Camilo)

Budapest Józsefváros: pure district of the city, project of renewal of all the district with participation of local society, creating of public spaces with consideration of social, cultural and educational needs of pure society; (by Agnieszka)

Neu Oerlikon: public green spaces in new developed quarter of the town, conflict of ‘coldness’ of modern architecture and ‘to perfect’ parks in the contrast to real needs and expectations of local society; (by Yvonne)

Paseo del Buen Pastor: urban project located in a historical place, innovative and provocative project conserving the cultural values, relationship between architecture and society, public space for culture and recreation, (by Liliana)

Petuelpark: new green public space in high density area, recreational area and artwork installation, contemporary art in the urban landscape design; (by Martina)

Uggledal: public participation in the process of detail planning and design within a new housing area, function of public spaces as an arena for communications relating to balancing growth issues with public needs; ( by Ellen on behalf of Andrew)

Istanbul`s Suleymaniye: historical heritage but pure area, combining the physical intervention with the revision of social dynamics, public participation, increasing social integration and decreasing the rate of alienation by the regeneration process; ( by Ellen on behalf of Harun)

Sulzer Factory Area: recreation, post industrial area redeveloped to be recreational public space, culture and art, ( by Ellen on behalf of Roman )

Identification of cross-cutting themes:

Use of public space in pure and critical districts.

Methodology and process of public participation.

Enhancing of social capitals by public spaces.

Interdisciplinary planning.

Participatory planning and design of public spaces.

Art and urban landscape.

Participation of local society in development of public spaces.

Public space as a meeting place for generation/different persons group.

Meeting people needs/ demands in public spaces.

Relation between community use and civic identity in public space.

Rule of public space in improvement of living condition.

Creating new public spaces.

Trial of clustering of the themes:

- methods of involving people in designing and development of public spaces

- indicators of good public spaces (what makes them good)

- participants and ways of involvement in designing process


Core questions identified during the first group meeting:

1. Who was involved in the participation process? (Agnieszka)

2. How was the participation process implemented (methods applied)? (Camilo)

3. In how far does/did the project respond to people's needs? (Liliana, Martina)

collecting and clustering core themes