Volume #53: Civic Space

August, 2018

“There’s no such thing as society, only men and women”, declared British prime minister
Margaret Thatcher at the height of her neoliberal reign in 1987.
If public space is in retreat, under pressure from decades of neoliberal policies, how is
shared space evolving? Civic space becomes activated according to time, in a synaptic
negotiation between a variety of actors: humans, administrative, technological.

With a variety of authors, VOLUME #53 investigates these physical and virtual spaces –
and the kinds of agency used to negotiate them – through the lenses of Institutions and
of People.

Contributors: Floris Alkemade, Domenico Di Siena, Francesco Degl’Innocenti, Martijn de
Geus, Amelyn Ng, Marc Schuilenburg, Sytse de Maat, Ben Cerveny, Pilvi Takala, Martin
Roemers, Indy Johar, Danilo Capasso, Jason Adams, Mitra Azar, Aiwen Yin, Andrés Jaque.

Table of Contents

Editorial: Access for All
Arjen Oosterman


Design by Persuasion
Floris Alkemade interviewed by Francesco Degl’Innocenti

Medialab Prado
Domenico Di Siena

Atomized Central Park
Francesco Degl’Innocenti

Co-Design in China
Martijn de Geus

Protocols of Civic Maintenance
Amelyn Ng

Sweeping Public Space
Marc Schuilenburg interviewed by Arjen Oosterman and Francesco Degl’Innocenti

Is a Pool a Luxury?
Sytse de Maat

Code is Code
Ben Cerveny

Permit-ful Zone
Pilvi Takala

Martin Roemers


It’s Time to Rediscover – Homo Cívica
Inderpaul Johar

Public Space as Challenge
Inderpaul Johar interviewed by Francesco Degl’Innocenti and Arjen Oosterman

Rebel City – Naples and the Commons
Danilo Capasso

The Annihilation of Space
Jason Adams

Contested Spaces
Mitra Azar

Yin Aiwen

Taking Agency
Andres Jaque


Volume #53: Civic Space
Editor in Chief: Arjen Oosterman
Designed by Irma Boom Office (I. Boom, J. van der Kleijn)
72 Pages, 33 x 24 cm
Soft cover, stapled

ISSN 1574-9401
ISBN 9789077966631

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