IAAC coordinates the EU-co-funded project ‘Active Public Space‘ (APS) with the aim of developing knowledge on public space throughout Europe as a means of engagement and interactive platforms for citizens. The projects are developed and enhanced by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, together with CCEA (Centre for Central European Architecture in Prague) and UAAV (University of Applied Arts Vienna).

The “How to” Guide is a collection of best practices. More than 70 projects activating public space all over the world are compiled in this Guide. A voyage through nations and experiences that can design a network of places and actors activating best practices in public spaces.

This How to Guide seeks to contribute to the shaping of an overall vision of how architectural actions are able to activate public space, the effects of these practices on citizens’ life and how to discover, in an easy way, the best-selected practices in this field all over the world. The public space is the heart of living together and in our new technological era is constantly evolving day by day, mirroring the dynamics of techniques, tools, ideas, social needs and experiences, always creating new tangible and intangible reflections of contemporary cities.

It consists in the creation of a series of high-quality learning materials addressing how to transform public space into smart public space, contributing to bridging the knowledge gap between smart urban technologies and architects, urban-planners and creatives working on public spaces. Its objective is to literally be a Guide throughout this panorama.  At the end of the same, you can find an Active Glossary with all the information regarding offices and projects (credits, collaboration, Media, Web pages). To know more about us and about the Active Public Space project follow activepublicspace.org.

Active Public Space is a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, led by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) with Centre for Central European Architecture (CCEA) and the University of Applied Arts Vienna (UAAV).