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

Davide Fassi, Laura Galluzzo, Liat Rogel 

Tongji University, Politecnico di Milano (2)

Keywords: hidden public space, toolkit, communities, university campus


“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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Cite this paper: Fassi, D., Galluzzo, L., Rogel, L. (2016). Hidden public spaces: when a university campus becomes a place for communities. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.

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