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Grilles. Yeah, grilles. No.

In general, if it were our house, we would all say yes. We need to isolate the private from the
| 30 January, 2020 |

In general, if it were our house, we would all say yes. We need to isolate the private from the public. But what happens when we need to isolate the public from the public by putting gates in the squares? Is it the solution to preserve them? You can see that, because there are more and more of them. Is this the best solution? No. No.

We all agree that the green space – parks and squares – is public and belongs to everyone. The solution to vandalism and to people sleeping if we do not close it down should be social, political and not “architectural” or material.

If we “extend” all the green space grids in the city, we add up to 35km. They go from being a public space to a semi-public or semi-public space, have from a schedule of use, to a visual and material edge. It becomes better to walk on a sidewalk that has business, than on one that has a square through a metal fence 2 meters high.

The ideal, subjectively, is understood to be the green space as a public space, with a transitive and imperceptible border with the sidewalk, as an extension of it, of free use, leisure, short cuts, meeting; the one that was, but symbolizing man’s respect for nature, conceiving the city as part of it, or showing that there is still some respect for it. Not wrapping it up like a fish tank, telling the person, “You have to use this space at this time, going in here and out there.”

However, architecture as an urban tool must be predictable from the point of view of the socially complex situations that can be generated from the creation or decisions made when it comes to putting a green space to good use, working together in a multidisciplinary manner.

People go to a square to feel free, in touch with nature, the original, the one that was before us and had no limits or schedules. We must be aware that first you model the city, and then it models you. Customs and sensations affect daily moods and habits. It is necessary to learn to take the pulse of these situations, to foresee them and to dislocate them.

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