Abstract

“C’è spazio per tutti/There’s room for one more” is an event that took place in November 2011 at the Milano Bovisa Durando campus of Politecnico di Milano, Italy with the purpose of opening up the public spaces of the university to the inhabitants of that area through a series of design actions to offer opportunities for understanding, observation and enjoyment of a public space. That was the beginning of a series of design for social innovation projects connected to the Bovisa neighbourhood organized over the following years. In this paper we will describe the need to open-up hidden (unknown) public spaces like the Milano Bovisa Durando campus and the idea that through small rapid design experiments we can immediately test the efficacy of tools made to enable people’s and communities’ use of the public space.

Keywords:

hidden public space, toolkit, communities, university campus

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Hidden public spaces: when a university campus becomes a place for communities

“C’è spazio per tutti/There’s room for one more” is an event that took place in November 2011 at the Milano Bovisa Durando campus of Politecnico di Milano, Italy with the purpose of opening up the public spaces of the university to the inhabitants of that area through a series of design actions to offer opportunities for understanding, observation and enjoyment of a public space. That was the beginning of a series of design for social innovation projects connected to the Bovisa neighbourhood organized over the following years. In this paper we will describe the need to open-up hidden (unknown) public spaces like the Milano Bovisa Durando campus and the idea that through small rapid design experiments we can immediately test the efficacy of tools made to enable people’s and communities’ use of the public space.

 

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