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1st Edition

Companion to Public Space

ISBN 9781138549722
Published June 4, 2020 by Routledge
564 Pages 157 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

Ali Madanipour

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

Clare Rishbeth

4. Appropriation of public space: a dialectical approach in designing publicness

Elahe Karimnia and Tigran Haas

5. Landshape urbanism: the topography of public space

Karl Kullmann

6. Social justice as a framework for evaluating public space

Setha Low


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

Luisa Bravo

9. Safety, public health and public space

Vania Ceccato

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)

Matthew Carmona

12. Cultural visibility and place quality

Ceren Sezer

13. (Post?)-Colonial parks: urban public space in Trinidad and Zanzibar

Garth Myers

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

Su-Jan Yeo

16. No, Hiroba is not public space; so what?!

Darko Radovic


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’

Quentin Stevens

22. Parks and open spaces for older adults?

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris

23. Expanding common ground

Ken Greenberg

24. The skyscraper and public space: an uneasy history and the capacity for radical reinvention

Vuk Radovic

25. Memory, monuments and creating inclusive public spaces

Renia Ehrenfeucht


Part 4: Actions

26. Public space as a space of resistance and democratic resilience

Jeffrey Hou

27. Public space and the political – reconnecting urban resistance and urban emancipation

Sabine Knierbein

28. Performing protestability: the dynamic between protests and public spaces

Tali Hatuka

29. Public space, publicness and public-facing art

Rike Sitas

30. Public space, immigration, and gentrification in the Raval

Jeremy Nemeth

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

Troy Glover


Part 5: Futures

34. Public space and the terror(ism) of time

Mark Kingwell

35. Solidarism: exploring the publicness of parks

Margaret Kohn

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

Tim Jachna

40. What if? Forecasting and composing public spaces

Mark Childs

41. The idea of the commons: challenges of enclosure, encroachment, and exclusion

Tridib Banerjee

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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.