Public life: Design festival reinvigorates urban spaces

26 : 04 : 2011 Convival : Urban : Milan

Milan – Public space redesign organisation Esterni took over unused spaces across the city last week for the Public Design Festival.

Public Design Festival, Milan Public Design Festival, Milan
Public Design Festival, Milan Public Design Festival, Milan
Public Design Festival, Milan Public Design Festival, Milan

The festival focused on giving new life and purpose to abandoned buildings while exploring themes relating to public space.

An 18th-century farmhouse was turned into a design showroom, where concerts were held and local food was served in the evenings. Mexican architect Ivan Hernandez designed and erected a public street library, and another public space experiment saw the creation of an encampment to host visitors under an overpass.

For more about how creating shared experiences and staging events can convey meaningful ideas read our Conviviality Culture report.

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