Public Space Photo: Liu Tao Photo: Christian Y. Schmidt Focus: Public Space Shop Forever Christian Y. Schmidt compares some very special public spaces: German versus Chinese shopping malls. © Lui Chen (陈路) Focus: Public Space Exploring China’s Cityscape Through a Street Skateboarder’s Eyes A global skateboarder hitting the streets in China’s evolving urban landscape. Photo: Liu Tao Focus: Public Space Street Humour Liu Tao has spent all of his life in Hefei, the capital of Anhui province. While he makes his living by checking water meters, he spends most of his time as a street photographer. Photo: Sven Lohmeyer, CC BY-SA 2.0 (via flickr) Focus: Public Space Art in the Arena Art in public spaces, as opposed to museums, is never really autonomous. While these drawbacks were once regarded as a means of democratizing highbrow culture, nowadays art is increasingly reduced to serving merely as a locational factor. ©Wang Di Focus: Public Space The teahouse in the early 20th century Tea houses in China have always been more than just a place to enjoy a cuppa. They also functioned as political stages where different characters of the socio-political “theatre” played their parts. Photo： Matjaz Tancic Focus: Public Space The “Commons” of Common Spaces Bishan Commune (碧山共同体) founder Ou Ning (欧宁) probes the possibilities of common spaces to act as facilitators of social progress.