to question dominant representations of public space in the neoliberal city,


and to show how life within the city is constantly assembled and reassembled by the ever-changing encounter of people, nature, institutions, rules and architectures.



How is public space lived, practiced, inhabited?


How many different practices, people, objects, spaces?


How do these different practices articulate, meet, conflict with each other and with the normative level?


Which coexistence – real, possible, imaginary?











A method that integrates the sensorial and temporal dimensions in the analysis of a space and of the practices performed in it. It "informs the present, is aided by past and it should give a sense of future possibilities" (Revol, 2019)


1. Exploring polyrhythmia


2. Identifying rhythms and their frequency


3. Unfolding eu-rhytmia or a-rhythmia






From May until August 2018



May 8th / 19th

1st  immersive field work, observing things with my stranger-like eye and a mobile perspective, collecting data (videos, photos, time-lapses, in-site notes).


May 19th / June 18th

Literature analysis and construction of the theoretical frame. Identification of rhythms based on the data collected.


June 18th / July 2nd

2nd immersive field work; fixed point of view and rhythmanalysis.


July 2nd / August 2nd

Interpretation and reconceptualisation of data. Setting up of the web-doc.






Four public spaces,

European Quarter, Brussels


(In the international,


hyper-represented and under-explored space where the European Institutions  reside)


Place Jourdan


Parc Léopold


Agora Simone Veil


Place du Luxembourg






«  A specific arrangement of space and time » (Bakhtin, 1981)

Space and time are interdependent and socially constructed:

human actions compose space and time; space and time arrangement affects human action.




« Everywhere there is an interaction between a space, a time and an expenditure of energy » (Lefebvre, 2004)

Rhythms are characterised by repetition and difference; interference of linear and cyclical process; birth, growth, peak, and decline.



Public space

« A city synecdoche » (Bridge & Watson 2010)

« More than any other way of seeing the city, [it] entails a physical manifestation but has overlapping and interpenetrating economic, social, cultural and political dimensions » (Madanipour, 2003)

A privileged space for the encounter with the other, but where the possibilities for co-existence still need to be questioned.