Naomi Strinati

we live in a society not an economy

The decline of public places represents a loss much deeper than simple nostalgia for the quiet, comfort-able ways of the past. In the purest sense, high quality public space instills in all of us a sense of belonging, that we belong to a larger community and in turn, that our city belongs to us. This project explores concepts of ownership of public space, and the control over public spaces. Governments use hostile architecture to control public space. Some artists use graffiti art to control a space. How do the public take control? A photo essay displays the relationship between the designer and user of these spaces. β€œIn the late capitalist city, the ongoing battle for control of the street has been exhausted. Any notion of the street as a political space is dismembered with its demotion into a transport duct for delivery trucks, electricity, sewage, and optical fiber.” Theres a tension in Limerick City between the public spaces that work and the spaces that do not. They have had to been adapted to by the user to suit their needs. Images of these places are contrasted with text written by Frances Rambert called When Architecture Speaks up for Public Space. The objective is to start a conversation about the spaces we inhabit.

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