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The section Periscope brings together links for websites with information concerning public space and the city, including the publication of books, articles and opinion pieces, seminars and lectures, and calls for entries in competitions or for prizes, among other themes. This overview of the general background of the European Prize for Urban Public Space aims to identify the most significant issues pertaining to public space and its most outstanding agents around the world.
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    'Sant Antoni brings life': Barcelona celebrates £70m market revamp

    The Guardian Cities explains the reform of the Sant Antoni market, and showcases the importance of Barcelona ‘s markets as public spaces.
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    International congress «Post-Habitat III»

    International experts, as well as metropolitan representatives and mayors from cities and metropolis from around the world, will meet in order to discuss the key elements that must shape the new urban and metropolitan model of the future to build societies that are fairer, healthier, more cohesive and more sustainable.
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    Interview with Jan Geh: «the need for public spaces is increasing»

    Danish architect and urban planner Jan Gehl reflects on how he helped transform Copenhagen into one of the world’s most livable cities and on the evolution and future of public spaces.
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    A redesign for the «Grand París»

    Familiarizing Parisians with the periphery, creating new public spaces and connecting it with the city center, can become an effective way to fight xenophobia and the far-right.
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    The danger of embedded carbon emissions.

    The author of the article exposes the danger of embedded carbon emissions, which are frequently overlooked at the time of calculating the pollution caused by different transport means.
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    Series «Adéu al cotxe!» at the Sala Beckett

    With the cycle “Adéu al cotxe!” (Goodbye Cars!) the Sala Beckett theatre aims to reflect on the need for and possibility of freeing the city of cars, and how to make the most of this transformation to construct a more just, sustainable and agreeable environment.
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    In Defence of Urban Planners of the “Everyday”

    The authors of this article suggest that the profession of urban planning should adapt to territorial complexity and that urban planners should become trailblazers in citizen involvement.
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    Jordi Borja awarded with the 2017 International Geocritica Prize

    Jordi Borja has been awarded the 2017 International Geocritica Prize in recognition of his long career of research into urban problems and citizen engagement.
    Date: 15 February 2018. Assembly hall, Faculty of Geography and History, University of Barcelona

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    Fun Parking Facts

    Parking requirements are the dark matter of the urban universe: they affect transport and land use in mysterious ways.
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    7 Principles for Building Better Cities

    Urban designer Peter Calthorpe is at work planning the cities of the future. He shares seven universal principles for solving sprawl and building smarter, more sustainable cities.
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