The Companion to Public Space draws together an outstanding multidisciplinary collection of specially commissioned chapters that offer the state of the art in the intellectual discourse, scholarship, research, and principles of understanding in the construction of public space.
Thematically, the volume crosses disciplinary boundaries and traverses territories to address the philosophical, political, legal, planning, design, and management issues in the social construction of public space. The Companion uniquely assembles important voices from diverse fields of philosophy, political science, geography, anthropology, sociology, urban design and planning, architecture, art, and many more, under one cover. It addresses the complete ecology of the topic to expose the interrelated issues, challenges, and opportunities of public space in the twenty-first century.
The book is primarily intended for scholars and graduate students for whom it will provide an invaluable and up-to-date guide to current thinking across the range of disciplines that converge in the study of public space. The Companion will also be of use to practitioners and public officials who deal with the planning, design, and management of public spaces.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Perspectives
1. Public space: a critique of a metamorphosis
2. Crossing disciplinary and locational boundaries in public space-research
Bas Spierings and Rianne van Melik
3. The collective outdoors: memories, desires and becoming local in an era of mobility
4. Appropriation of public space: a dialectical approach in designing publicness
Elahe Karimnia and Tigran Haas
5. Landshape urbanism: the topography of public space
6. Social justice as a framework for evaluating public space
Part 2: Influences
7. Planetary public space: scale, context, and politics
Jason Luger and Loretta Lees
8. Public Space and the New Urban Agenda: fostering a human-centered approach for the future of our cities
9. Safety, public health and public space
10. Inclusiveness and exclusiveness in public open spaces for the visually impaired
Kin Wai Michael Siu, Yi Lin Wong, and Jiao Xin Xiao
11. Public space, austerity and innovation (the London case)
12. Cultural visibility and place quality
13. (Post?)-Colonial parks: urban public space in Trinidad and Zanzibar
14. Global homogenization of public space? a comparison of Western and Eastern contexts
Tigan Panjaintan, Dorina Pojani, and Sébastien Darchen
15. Right to the city (at night): surveillance and spectacle in public space
16. No, Hiroba is not public space; so what?!
Part 3: Types
17. Types as descriptive and analytic tools in public space research
Karen A. Franck and Te-Sheng Huang
18. Public space use: a classification
Sverre Bjerkeset and Jonny Aspen
19. How public is public space?: a public/private typology
Kim Dovey and Elek Pafka
20. Private, semi-private, and public spaces: Urban design quality critique, comparisons, and recommendations
Els Leclercq and Dorina Pojani
21. Throwntogether spaces: disassembling ‘city beaches’
22. Parks and open spaces for older adults?
23. Expanding common ground
24. The skyscraper and public space: an uneasy history and the capacity for radical reinvention
25. Memory, monuments and creating inclusive public spaces
Part 4: Actions
26. Public space as a space of resistance and democratic resilience
27. Public space and the political – reconnecting urban resistance and urban emancipation
28. Performing protestability: the dynamic between protests and public spaces
29. Public space, publicness and public-facing art
30. Public space, immigration, and gentrification in the Raval
31. Public space challenges and possibilities in Latin America: the city’s socio-political dimensions through the lens of everyday life
Clara E. Irazábal-Zurita and Andrei Crestani
32. Typologies of the temporary: constructing public spaces
Mona El Khafif
33. Bringing public spaces to life: the animation of public space
Part 5: Futures
34. Public space and the terror(ism) of time
35. Solidarism: exploring the publicness of parks
36. Events on our urban parkland: scrutinizing public private partnerships in parks governance regimes
Susanna F. Schaller and Elizabeth Nisbet
37. The private lives of public spaces
Michael Mehaffy and Peter Elmlund
38. How can big data transform public space research and design?
Avigail Vantu and Kristen Day
39. Digital Technologies and Public Space in Contemporary China
40. What if? Forecasting and composing public spaces
41. The idea of the commons: challenges of enclosure, encroachment, and exclusion
Vikas Mehta is an Associate Professor of urbanism at the School of Planning at the University of Cincinnati. His research explores the various dimensions of urbanity through the exploration of place as a social and ecological setting and as a sensorial art. Mehta is the author of Public Space, an anthology of 98 chapters; The Street: A Quintessential Social Public Space, which received the 2014 Book Award from the Environmental Design Research Association; and with Matthew Frederick, 101 Things I Learned in Urban Design School.
Danilo Palazzo is a Professor and Director of the School of Planning at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to moving to Cincinnati, Palazzo was on the faculty at the Polytechnic University of Milan. His major fields of interest are urbanism, urban design, and planning. Palazzo, with Frederick Steiner, has authored Urban Ecological Design: A Process for Regenerative Places, as well as contributing a chapter on "Pedagogical Tradition" to the Companion to Urban Design.