In March, the Human Cities Festival took place in Brussels. One of the major components of the festival was to activate the public space in a diverse amount of ways. The workshop we participated in was called Peter and Gisela. This involves various ways of engaging with the public, from gymnastics, dancing and singing.
It is important to ask questions like:
• Who is the public space for?
• How should we use the public space?
• Can the public space help to build sustainable communities?
• What dominates the public space at present?
• Are there too many cars?
• Should there be more green spaces or even community gardens?
• What are the laws that restrict the ‘public’ from using the public space?
• How do you find funding to support public space projects?
These are just a few of the questions that we discussed at the festival.
The Peter and Gisella workshop went really well considering none of us are performance artists!
The following photos show some of the activities we got up to on the day. Meanwhile, other groups of people from the festival were doing urban farming, public space designing, touring the city and looking at creative ways to think about the theme of ‘Human Cities’.