During the last few years, a massive amount of events necessitate greater rates of evolution through adjustment or disruption. Based on that, this year we will discuss the evolution of public space.
According to Darwin’s theory of evolution [which considers human being as a multicellular organism], a living creature when affected by external factors, mutates itself to survive. Respectively, the city as a living structure [living organism], adjusts its form and function under the influence of various parameters. Consequently, public space as a city component, is affected by its surrounding environment.
On 2013, we aimed to identify the influences that define the current perspective of a public space. We focused on the natural or primary adjustment of public spaces under any circumstances and we also tried to discover future connections with every city component.
The lectures took place at the Cultural Centre of Chania on the 8th and 9th of June 2013 and were distinguished in four main sections:
1. Which are the factors that affect the evolution of public space?
Politics, economy, culture, religion, technology, are some of those that have been declared as responsible for the transformation of public space.
2. Long-term urban planning:
Αn effort to control the evolution of public space / Success and failure.
3. Unexpected evolutions/ emerging changes.
Alterations in public space due to other circumstances, not urban planning.
4. Elements of public space that couldn’t be sustained and the reasons behind that.
Public spaces that could not be developed further and are fading away in the light of the evolutionary pressure. Tracing the causes.
Public space in progress, in motion, in action, in alert… For the 4th consecutive year, we attempted to improve the quality of public space in the city via artistic events/installations and interventions in specific city spots, aiming to re-establish the relationship of public space with both its residents and visitors. Emphasis was placed on vitalizing abandoned spaces and the alternative use of existing public spaces.
The events took place on 7, 8 and 9 of June 2013. Aim of these events, was to change the way we use, experience and conceive the natural and the urban landscape, always preserving respect towards the tradition and the history of each place.
The selected spots were linked via “artistic walks” during which the artists had the possibility of presenting their work, while through these promenades the citizens and visitors were able to attend a series of events. In this way, they experienced familiar and non-familiar places within a different context of use. Via this interactive movement, an alternative view of the public spaces of the city emerged.
On the occasion of the year’s theme, “public space in progress”, apart from the activities that were proposed, the p_public team organized, after a call to amateur and professional photographers alike, a group photography exhibition, titled “public space in motion”.
The exhibition was held during the three-day festival and was presented in public transport modes (buses).