Annually, several cities in the world are holding elections to appoint a new children's mayor. The elections have been established to involve children in cities and in their governance. The children's mayors are allowed to work with the city council for one year and their ideas and activities are being implemented in the cities.
A public space is a dynamic system and changes every day, so it should be a space to make live worth living.
In the 70is and 80is there was a liberal handling of using the public space but today things are differently.
Nowadays many times the usage of public space is not free anymore and house rules predominate our everyday lives.
You will find alterations, like privatization of public space, for example Shopping Centers are privat but still open.
Instead of exluding human beings we should find a right way to share our space.
With the beginning of the school year 2017/18, the first school street was introduced in Graz.
The model from Bolzano/IT has served as inspiration for this implementation. In this scheme
children will walk to school instead of being a passenger in their parents’ car.
The transport councillor, Elke Kahr, is already willing to an extension of the model at other schools in the city.
It all started in 2011: a group of local women were frustrated about their initiative to donate benches to their neighborhood park. With the help of LabGov the city administration then developed a framework that allows public-people-cooperations and support for citizens by the city to take care and modify urban commons which are defined as “tangible, intangible and digital” goods which are “functional to the individual and collective well-being”.
Since 2013 the local Transition Town Initiative organizes Transition Day(s) at the Lendwirbel Festival together with the Forum Urbanes Gärtnern. The main focus is to raise awareness on sustainability issues and the creation of an open space resp. a focal point where people can meet. The Vorstadtgarten, which are raised beds and bed-seat-table combinations mostly made of recycled wood, invites people during the first week in May to come together - in the most of the years the beds are in the public space until autumn.
A critical mass is a regularly-happening non-violent direct-action event of bikers to reclaim the streets whereby a big number of people meet to have a bike tour especially using the space dedicated for cars. It aims to reconquer rights and space for bike(r)s and people and address issues e.g. regarding traffic security, the priority of different modes of transport (cars overs bikes), space consumption of cars and also health and environmental issues. It happens in many cities worldwide.
ACTIONDAY «WHO OWNS THE PUBLIC SPACE»
on 14. Sep 2017 at 11:00
Questions such as, how should the public space look like or how can an extended living room, a discourse space and meeting space be created, or how do you proceed with places that cannot be afforded by all? In cooperation with the HOUSE of ARCHITECTURE Graz, the MANAGERIE & the district project ANNENVIERTEL and the theater of Graz, urban policy will be questioned, discussed and ways will be demonstrated on how to shape the public space.
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