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.


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.


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


Arjen Oosterman
Editorial: Access for All
Floris Alkemade interviewed by Francesco Degl’Innocenti
Design by Persuasion
Domenico Di Siena
Medialab Prado
Francesco Degl’Innocenti
Atomized Central Park
Martijn de Geus
Co-Design in China
Amelyn Ng
Protocols of Civic Maintenance
Marc Schuilenburg interviewed by Arjen Oosterman and Francesco Degl’Innocenti
Sweeping Public Space
Sytse de Maat
Is a Pool a Luxury?
Ben Cerveny
Code is Code
Pilvi Takala
Permit-ful Zone
Martin Roemers
Inderpaul Johar
It’s Time to Rediscover – Homo Cívica
Inderpaul Johar interviewed by Francesco Degl’Innocenti and Arjen Oosterman
Public Space as Challenge
Danilo Capasso
Rebel City – Naples and the Commons
Jason Adams
The Annihilation of Space
Mitra Azar
Contested Spaces
Yin Aiwen
Andres Jaque
Taking Agency