Public women. Gender and planning.

Gender and urban planningWhen creating urban space we make priorities, reflect the influence of power, and visualize our rights. Gender is a cultural construction that assigns different roles to women and men. We understand that the city should not contribute to perpetuating the division of tasks between women and men, especially between the reproductive and the productive spheres.
Collectiu 6 (BARCELONA)

Social interactions in urban public spaces

Social interactions in urban public spaces.SOCIAL INTERACTIONS IN URBAN PUBLIC SPACES, by Caroline Holland, Andrew Clark, Jeanne Katz and Sheila Peace. Edited by Rowntree Foundation in 2007.

This research focuses on the use of different public (and pseudo-public) spaces in urban areas.1 It draws on a case study of a year-long research project in the town of Aylesbury in southeast England, a market town with a population of around 69,000. The study set out to examine how different people use public spaces and to analyse how social interactions vary by age, gender or place.

Reshaping public spaces in Barcelona

Combining urban functions and uses

Gaudí Avenue in Barcelona. A good example of a reshaped space where several urban functions are mixed: pedestrian street, benches, outdoor cafes, lanes for restricted traffic (goods distribution),  sidewalks close to the shops and a high quality of pavement materials.

Convivial public spaces – Lead expert’s contribution

Our Lead expert Fernando has written a short paper about “Fostering conviviality in public spaces“. It aims at feeding in the debate of Dresden’s workshop, of which “conviviality” is one of the main topics.

It’s worth to share it among the whole USER network as this topic may interest every USER city!

You can download it here.

Enjoy your reading!

Easter feast in Azory

On the Palm Sunday, 13th of April, in the square behind the Parish Church in Azory was held an Easter Feast.

The aim of the event was an animation of public space in the housing estate: organization of games and activities for children and integration of residents. During the feast the adults had an opportunity to assess the works of students of architecture concerning the development of public space in the Azory and to participate in a lottery. Their opinions on housing estate needs and ideas to address the problems occurring there were also collected.

However, it was children who enjoyed the feast the most. They had the opportunity to participate in games organized by the students, such as bowling or racing in rolling Easter eggs and art workshops, where they could create Easter ornaments.

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Workshop topics – Malaga and Grenoble-Alpes Métropole

The 2nd round of workshops is almost here. Two host cities, Malaga and Grenoble-Alpes Métropole, have sent a thematic proposal to their sub-group today. Dresden is about to do it for its own sub-group.

You can download the proposal of Malaga here: Workshop_Málaga (workshop to be held on April 24-25),

and the proposal of Grenoble-Alpes Métropole here: Workshop_Grenoble-Alpes Métropole (workshop on May 12-14).

These documents are draft version that still have to be discussed within each sub-group.

Call for experiences! – from Grenoble-Alpes Métropole

Grenoble-Alpes Métropole’s LSG is currently getting in touch with researchers on urban policies. We would like to organise discussions between them and local professionals about shared topics, shared issues. These meetings will give professionals the opportunity to take a step back from their daily practices, and will feed in the research of universities with concrete experiences.

The researchers we work with were extremely interested in knowing about USER cities experiences in their thematic research field. That’s why we launch a call towards all our USER partners. Should you have any experience to share (from your city or even from elsewhere), please post it on this plateform or send an e-mail to Claire!

The 2 topics are:

Methods and tools to observe and analyse uses on the field. In our uran area we use the “walking diagnosis” a lot, as well as questionnaires, convivial events… but we sometimes feel we lack innovative ideas.

Practices and methods to help municipalities stay active once a project of public space rehabilitation has been realized. In France a lot of research and experiences have been led on how to structure the partnership, the decision-making process etc…, before doing the construction works. But once the works are done the project is considered as “done” and we do not stay organized to monitor the uses and implement corrective actions if necessary. 

Thanks for your collaboration and please ask Claire for any precision you might need!

Update of the USER platform

The list of files on our USER platform has been updated!

You can find now:

– In the category “local action plans”: LAP-related documents and all Phase 1 drafts of USER partners (in English when avalaible)

– Documents linked with Lisbon seminar

– Mid-term review documents in “Administrative and finance” / “project management”

– Newsletter 4

– …

And we are looking forward to creating a forum as discussed during Lisbon seminar!

USER workshops highligthed on the URBACT website

An extract of our 4th newsletter has been published on URBACT website, under the title “the peer-review process from a USER perspective”. It’s about our workshop process… 

It’s an important recognition of your collective efforts about these workshops. It is as well a good new for our visibility within the URBACT network – and a good incentive to do even better in our 2nd workshops session!