Who owns the public space

  • Posted on: 18 September 2017
  • By: Melanie Haeusel

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.

First 'School Street' in Graz

  • Posted on: 13 September 2017
  • By: Melanie Haeusel

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.

Regulation on collaboration between citizens and the city for the care and regeneration of urban commons - Bologna

  • Posted on: 13 September 2017
  • By: David Steinwender

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”.

Vorstadtgarten and Transition Day at the annual Lendwirbel Street Festival - Graz

  • Posted on: 13 September 2017
  • By: David Steinwender

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.

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