East Asian Youth in Public Spaces

Photo exhibition at ISS
Mikaëla Le Meur

How do young people use public spaces, what are their practices and strategies of appropriation and how do public spaces shape youth identity? These are the questions asked in an examination of the relationship between youth and public spaces in East Asia.

In 2016, the research centre EASt based at the Université libre de Bruxelles launched an interdisciplinary project to examine the relationship between youth and public spaces in East Asia. The objective was to understand how youths use public spaces, what their practices and strategies of appropriation are, and how public spaces shape youth identity – or reversely, how the active presence of youths in public spaces shapes the fabric of the city.

One of the outcomes of this project is the photo exhibition, currently on show in the Atrium of the International Institute of Social Studies until 31 January 2021.

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East Asian Youth in Public Spaces - exhibition launch

Launch of a photo exhibition understanding how youth use public spaces. At ISS until January 2022.

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