Public Space: Between Reimagination and Occupation examines contemporary public space as a result of intense social production reflecting contradictory trends: the long-lasting effects of the global crisis, manifested in supranational trade-offs between political influence, state power and private ownership; and the appearance of global counter-actors, enabled by the expansion of digital communication and networking technologies and rooted into new participatory cultures, easily growing into mobile cultures of protest.
The highlighted cases from Europe, Asia, Africa and North America reveal the roots of the pre-crisis processes of redistribution of capital and power as an aspect of the transition from the consumerist past into the post-consumerist present, by tracing the slow growth of social discontent that has led only a few years later to the mobilization of a new kind of self-conscious globally-acting class.
This edited volume brings together a broad range of interdisciplinary discussions and approaches, providing sociologists, cultural geographers, and urban planning academics and students with an opportunity to explore the various social, cultural, economic and political factors leading to reappropriation and reimagination of the urban commons in the cities within which we live.
Svetlana Hristova and Mariusz Czepczyński
Part I. Concepts and Discourses: The Resilient Public Space
01. Re-Imagining Civil Society: Conflict and Control in the City’s Public Spaces
02. Public Space in a Global World: After the Spectacle
03. Seeing the Local in Global Cities
Part II. Contestations and Rights: Public and Civic
04. Civic Landscapes of Post-Socialist Cities: Urban Movements and the Recover of Public Spaces
05. Public Space, Memory and Protest during Post-Socialist Transformation: The Emergence of University Square (Piaţa Universităţii), Bucharest as a space of protest
Craig Young, Duncan Light and Daniela Dumbrăveanu
06. Social Characteristic of Squares as Urban Spaces, Ulus and Kizilay Squares in Ankara
07. Order and Heterotopia in an Urban Space: The Case of a Spanish Square
Francisco Adolfo García Jerez
08. Contested Public Spaces and the Right to the City: The Case of Cairo's Historic Bazaar
Wael Salah Fahmi
Part III. Management and Governance: Transformation and Control
09. The Meaning of Public Space in the Context of Space-Time Behaviour in the ‘Network City’: From Socialist to Sociable Public Space
Anastasia Moiseeva, Remon Rooij and Harry Timmermans
10. The Restructuring of Urban Public Space in the ‘Baltic Pearl’
11. Public Green Space in Vienna between Utopia and Political Strategy
Philipp Rode and Eva Schwab
12. The normative construction of a (public) urban space through the use of policy instruments: some reflections from northern Italy
13. Negotiating Public Space in a Shopping Mall
Conclusions: Rediscovering Public Space Globally
Svetlana Hristova and Mariusz Czepczyński
Note on Contributors
Urban design is an expanding discipline bridging the gaps between the established built environment professions of architecture, planning, surveying, landscape architecture, and engineering. In this position, urban design also borrows from, and contributes to, academic discourse in areas as diverse as urban geography, sociology, public administration, cultural studies, environmental management, conservation and urban regeneration.
This series provides a means to disseminate more substantive urban and environmental design research. Specifically, contributions will be welcomed which are the result of original empirical research, scholarly evaluation, reflection on the practice and the process of urban design, and critical analysis of particular aspects of the built environment. Volumes should be of international interest and may reflect theory and practice from across one or more of the spatial scales over which urban design operates, from environmental and spatial design of settlements, to a concern with large areas of towns and cities - districts or quarters, to consideration of individual developments, urban spaces and networks of spaces, to the contribution of architecture in the urban realm.