Public spaces are everything but spaces open to the use and the free initiative of citizens. Parks, squares, sidewalks, are usually controlled and normed by a strict series of rules defining what use is or is not allowed. Yet, these spaces are constantly suffering continuous processes of enclosure and are easily exploited by private initiative though paid concessions and renting contracts. This is for instance what happened to the main boulevard of the city of Avellino, where the municipality has occupied the 1km long pedestrian street with a series of small structures to be used by commercial activities as an extension of their private domain. Against this occupation of public space, we propose a canopy for all, to be occupied by all the citizens who wish to freely use this space.
Project for the competition “Un gazebo per la città di Avellino”