What would you do with your own storefront? What if you had a warehouse or a theatre?
Personal wealth shouldn’t be the only criteria for determining who gains access to the spaces, rooms and buildings in our cities. Students, seniors, the unemployed and ordinary working people all need opportunities to enact their own visions of urban living. While a property market is a useful thing, members of the Foundation for Indoor Public Spaces believe that other methods of negotiating the use of space can comfortably coexist with our current system.
The Foundation for Indoor Public Spaces has a three-part mission: to promote and explore existing indoor public spaces, to advocate for more indoor public spaces and, hopefully, to obtain and operate shared spaces of our own.
What is an indoor public space? In a way, that’s up to you. In our research and writings and public meetings, we will explore a number of possible models – cafés, churches, squats, legion halls, shopping malls, maybe something entirely new? – hoping to understand how they are used by the public and how they can be made more open to public participation. Community centres, public libraries and other governmental organizations make vital contributions to the texture of our cities, however, the Foundation for Indoor Public Spaces will focus its attention on places where ‘civilians’, rather than government employees, are making decisions about how a space should be used. That said, FfIPS is definitely interested in the efforts of community centres, public schools, libraries and even shopping malls to make themselves more open to the public.