London - Canary Wharf & Royal Docks
Public space can be entered and used by anyone, at any time, allowing for a little chaos and spontaneous encounters within the city. They are islands of freedom within the city. PERIMETER analyses the concept of invisible borders and large-scale corporate buying of urban land, and the effects it has. City districts are becoming corporately owned and regulated, resulting in privately owned public space (Pops). Borders between public and privately controlled areas are blurred, and Pops have an impact on the use of space. It is not allowed to photograph in the streets. Protests and demonstrations are no longer tolerated. Open spaces become monitored and controlled places where we tend to police ourselves and limit our interactions. This systematic way of city regeneration is transforming the meaning of what a city is and whom it is for.