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The Public Space Encyclopedia e-publicspace.net proceeds from a research program called Urban Systems / Urban Models (USUM), implying the collaboration of laboratories pertaining to the Ecole Polytechnique Federale, Lausanne (EPFL), to the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich (ETHZ) and to the University of Lugano. A specific research focused on public space is currently undertaken by the EPFL’s Chôros laboratory.
e-publicspace.net gathers various documents issuing the subject of public space worldwide. These documents (texts, images, sounds) result from the work of research teams and researchers for whom the public space issue is crucial. Geographers, planners, architects, engineers, artists, sociologists, landscape historians, philosophers, political scientists – all contribute continuously to e-publispace.net ’s enrichment.
e-publispace.net addresses the core issues relative to public space, whether these issues bear a historical or current nature. Attuned with 21st century society, the Encyclopaedia probes the definitions, the concepts, the actors, the applications, the functions, the objects, the shapes, the places, that all embody public space.


e-publispace.net is designed as a scientific object in perpetual evolution. Thanks to the contributions provided by researchers coming from all around the world, it is steadily increasing its database – the latter being updated twice a year. It so seeks to be in tune with its subject, public space being considered as a moving and changing entity rather than as a totally rigid and stabilised object.