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It was one of the very first exhibitions in public space of Bucarest, connected with the small symposium. Babias, formulated a distinction between “art in public space” Kunst in Offentlichen Raum and “public art” Kunst des Offentliches. Currently, Kuba Szreder is planning a series of projects with Raluca Voinea, who plans to open in Bucurest a Department for Art in Public Space.

  • Latour B, Weibel P, (2005) Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy ZKM / MIT Karlsruhe
How are things made public? What, we might ask, is a republic, a res publica, a public thing, if we do not know how to make things public? There are many other kinds of assemblies, which are not political in the usual sense, that gather a public around them; scientific laboratories, supermarkets, churches, and disputes involving natural resources like rivers, landscapes, and air.
Here in its original context

  • A book: Peter Blundell-Jones, Doina Petrescu, Jeremy Till, Architecture and Participation, Taylor & Francis, 2005, ISBN 0415317460, 9780415317467.
A participative approach to architecture challenges many of the normative values of traditional architecture and in particular issues of authorship, control, aesthetics and the role of the use. This book questions whether a participative approach may lead to new spatial conditions as well as to new types of architectural practices and investigates the way that the user has been included in the design process.
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  • You can basically download it from internet: Urban Act edited by Doina Petrescu a scholar at Sheffield University, related to Multitudes from Paris.

This document is the outcome of a series of discussions and collaborations, involved directly or indirectly in a project within a European network. It shows a collective desire to create connections between different practices and research on the city. Urban Act condenses the idea of a certain type of activism, of a way of acting and organising actions, which is probably a common thread for all the contributors. This ACT/ing can take different forms: from radical opposition and criticism to a more constructive and propositional acting, embedded in everyday life. It challenges both academic, professional, artistic, and political practice; it addresses the creativity and criticality of a new approach to the city.

  • Conference: Operation City/Neoliberal Frontline: Urban Struggles in Post-Socialist Societies

Zagreb, 2008, could be a good reference point to talk about the contemporary shaping of public space in Eastern Europe. Operation City was a series of events that summarizes joint activities of Zagreb’s independent cultural scene in fields of cultural production, urban development, spatial policy, cultural policy and citizen participation.

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