In the times of widely disputed contemporary crises of a city, a new, unconventional tools emerge which can change the way we think about public spaces. Communal squares experiencing renaissance nowadays are one of these tools. They are often perceived as guerrilla actions, interventions breaking an existing order, a kind of happening or protest against badly managed space — they seem to be temporal. However in the times of quickly changing cities, with growing ecology awareness, not enough recreational space, and the emerging need to rebuild sense of community, perhaps alternative gardens are the chance to reclaim urban space for urban dwellers — and this time for good.
Barbara Tusk — the architect and urban planner, she is interested in the influence of urbanism on social behaviours as well as in reurbanisation and revitalisation of degraded areas. She coordinated the project “Open Garden at the Shipyard”, addressed to local community. She co-edits “Metropolitan”, a scientific digest on urban subject. She works at newly created Department of Public Space Development in Roads and Green Authority in Gdansk.