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Posts from the ‘Urban Interiors’ Category

Pedagogical spaces and dystopias. Once again on modern public space

There are two opposite ways of modern public space. The first one is the pedagogical space: expression of morphological path to citizenship. The second one is the dystopian space filled with waste and wild animals. The latter is recurring in movies and novels that deal with the loss of the future (i.e. Children of Men, by Alfonso Cuarón). The optimistic (public) space of the future is opposite to the (public) space that has lost the future. Read more

‘It’s all very Orwellian’: readers on creeping pseudo-public space

Thanks to Matteo Robiglio

Urban Interiors. A contemporary discourse about public space

On Saturday May 27th, during the Festival Architettura in Città 2017, took place the meeting of the exhibition “Urban Interiors: another form of public space” a dialogue between Cristina Bianchetti, which explained the concept of urban interiors in relation to the project of contemporary public space, Cecilia Guida (Cittadellarte – Pistoletto Foundation), who observed the space through the powerful glimpse of public art and Guido Montanari (City Councilor of Turin), who highlighted the current economic and political issues in respect to the redistribution of public resources. Read more

Urban Interiors. Un’altra forma dello spazio pubblico

Dal 25 al 27 maggio si terrà, presso lo Spazio Festival Architettura in Città – via Quittengo 35, Torino negli orari apertura festival, la mostra sugli Urban Interiors.

Gli Urban Interiors sono spazi poco esposti e riparati. L’opposto dello spazio pubblico moderno: luminoso, trasparente, fluido.  Non definibili dalle connotazioni morfologiche, ma dagli usi, dalle relazioni, dai corpi che li abitano. Obiettivo della mostra è discutere dei modi in cui si riconfigura lo stare in pubblico nella città contemporanea. Read more

Trajectories in Urban Research: Fourth Seminar

The urban project is still largely the project of the public space. The discussion faces a traditional theme of urban studies, from a double perspective. On one side stating the usefulness of a relational approach, which uses the categories of intimité, extimité and public, at the center of which there is the body, even before the right of access to public space. On the other hand, claiming the public power of  the interiors, beyond the physical and social continuity of the Modern conception of the public space. The two views are not without problems. Their advantage is to reposition the issue out of an acquiescent debate, marked by conservatism. Read more

The consequences of multiplying and expanding of Pops


This week Bradley L. Garrett wrote “The privatisation of cities’ public spaces is escalating. It is time to take a stand” on the popular newspaper The Guardian. This article talks about POPS, “privately owned public spaces”. In the city of London the process of privatisation of cities public space is going to encrease and POPS are the clearest evidence of it. Read more

Urban Interiors are not Interni Urbani

Urban spaces used as interiors: it’s not unusual to read the cavities of squares and streets as interiors. However for an argument on the public space in the contemporary city, it is appropriate to clarify this concept. The paper compares two positions. The first one typically of the Modern array of architectural design “Interni Urbani”, the second one that reads the Urban Interiors as a shape “other” of the contemporary public space. Read more

An exploration of the relations between bodies and spaces. The Urban Interiors

The body is at the centre of the design of public space, even before the individual traditions of pragmatic and liberal thinking. Read more

Playgrounds. Genealogies of urban interiors


We used to think about the public space of the Modern city as a smooth and powerful space, with a high symbolic value. Actually it’s not always like this. There are, as everyone knows, “minor” forms of public space. Among the most famous ones there are the Amsterdam playgrounds designed by Aldo van Eyck. Read more