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The Empty Place

Democracy and Public Space, 1st Edition

By Teresa Hoskyns


222 pages

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In The Empty Place: Democracy and Public Space Teresa Hoskyns explores the relationship of public space to democracy by relating different theories of democracy in political philosophy to spatial theory and spatial and political practice. 

Establishing the theoretical basis for the study of public space, Hoskyns examines the rise of representative democracy and investigates contemporary theories for the future of democracy, focusing on the Chantal Mouffe's agonistic model and the civil society model of Jürgen Habermas. She argues that these models of participatory democracy can co-exist and are necessarily spatial.

The book then provides diverse perspectives on how the role of physical public space is articulated through three modes of participatory spatial practice. The first focuses on issues of participation in architectural practice through a set of projects exploring the ‘open spaces’ of a postwar housing estate in Euston. The second examines the role of space in the construction of democratic identity through a feminist architecture/art collective, producing space through writing, performance and events. The third explores participatory political democratic practice through social forums at global, European and city levels. Hoskyns concludes that participatory democracy requires a conception of public space as the empty place, allowing different models and practices of democracy to co-exist.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Democracy and Public Space: Theory and Practice Section 1 Theorising Democracy as a Spatial Practice 1. Ancient Greece and the Tri-partite Model of Democracy 2. From Politics to the Political 3. Dislocations of Democracy 4. The Production of Democratic Public Space Section 2 Participatory Spatial Practices 5. Antagonism to Agonism on Regents Park Estate 6. Feminists Taking the Empty Place 7. Social Forums and Spaces of Participatory Democracy Conclusion: The Empty Place

About the Author

Teresa Hoskyns is an architect and lecturer at the University of Sheffield, UK.

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Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design

The Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design series provides the reader with the latest scholarship in the field of planning and beyond. The series publishes international research covering spatial planning, regional planning, planning history, planning theory, communities, impact assessment, transport, sustainability and urban design. Building on Routledge’s history of academic rigor and cutting edge research, the series will contribute to the rapidly expanding literature in all areas of planning and urban design. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development