Survey: urban daily life and the pursuit of happiness

November 3, 2013
By City Space Architecture

This survey is part of a research project developed by Dr. Luisa Bravo, during her appointment as postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Architecture, University of Bologna, Italy (2009-2014).
The research project is about public spaces and urban daily life in the contemporary dimension of the city, both for consolidated and suburban areas. Starting from case studies in Europe and particularly in Italy, Dr. Bravo developed her work regarding suburban areas as Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD), University of California Berkeley.

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Reshaping New York. The Bloomberg years

August 26, 2013
By City Space Architecture

New York City experienced a major transformation during Michael R. Bloomberg’s three terms as mayor: public spaces and infrastructures, new housing complexes, with a large growth, more than any other city, and an increase in liveability and walkability, transforming bicycling from a recreational activity into a real alternative to cars.

The New York Times explores Bloomberg urban actions, through digital interactive maps, comparing pictures from different periods. Enjoy this amazing tour inside the city!


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PPF public space at BiSP2013

April 14, 2013
By City Space Architecture

PPF public space

Our Past present and future of public space project will be hosted in an international session at the Biennale dello  in Rome (BiSP2013). Different scholars from all over the world will meet and discuss on Saturday May 18, 2013, starting from 11.30 am.

Look at the program of the session!

Come and join us, you are welcome!

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BiSP 2013 Faculty of Architecture, Università di Roma Tre

Largo Giovanni Battista Marzi 10

Look at the map for the conference place.

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Hong Kong, the city without ground

April 14, 2013
By City Space Architecture

Hong Kong Guidebook

For miles and miles, you can walk through the city of Hong Kong without ever once putting a foot on the ground. All day you can get everywhere you need to go, taking care of any errand you might have on your list, all while separated from the streets and surface of the city. This is possible thanks to the network of elevated walkways and underground tunnels that have gradually developed in the city – both formally and informally – over the past 50 years.

It's an impressively widespread pedestrian infrastructure, linking people to the waterfront city's wide array of transportation options. And as a forthcoming book contends, it's also a new kind of civic space and even a new form of citymaking. Cities Without Ground: A Hong Kong Guidebook, available since September 2012 from ORO Editions, considers the city through the lens of these above- and below-ground walkways, creating the first-ever maps showing the extent and variety of these networks.

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Berkeley is a "creative class mecca"!

April 14, 2013
By City Space Architecture

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Richard Florida, famous for his notion of the "creative class", and his colleague Sara Johnson, use data from the American Community Survey to look at the geography of class — split into creative, service and working class. The recent post on San Francisco also provides data on the broader metropolitan area, and it’s possible to zoom in on Berkeley.

All but six census tracts in Berkeley are primarily creative class, and even in those that are primarily service class, the lowest concentration of creative class residents is 35% — in South Berkeley. According to Florida’s map, the second and fourth highest creative class concentrations in the San Francisco metropolitan area are two of the tracts in the Berkeley hills, both of which have over 80% creative class. 

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