Public space / common space / shared space
Design Workshop MODULE 05 [150 hours] Milan, spring 2014
Nowadays, working on public spaces represents a planning challenge providing food for thought. In fact, on the one hand society experiences the dramatic nature of the loss of shared values relating to the concept of “public”, on the other hand, the unspecified extension of the sense of urban landscape also to the country-side, that becomes perceptible in architecture with the widespread use of models and materials produced by semi-finished product industries, is capable of standardizing space, reducing the differences, and debasing the context.
The new areas for consumption of assets have replaced the local markets and public gardens; large transport infrastructures have replaced streets and tree-lined avenues and computerized piazzas have taken the place of urban piazzas… The traditional models related to the nature of public spaces are going through an identity crisis due to their very nature; planners are called to remedy this crisis through the restorations of “meanings” starting from the intrinsic qualities of the place.