Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ali Madanipour
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Much of the recent interest in urban design has focused on the creation and management of public spaces of cities. My aim in this paper is to explore the nature and role of public space and its significance for cities today. I look at how the promotion of public space is, on the one hand, a concern for social and functional integration in response to social and spatial segregation of cities and the privatization of public space and, on the other hand, a vehicle of marketing localities and consuming places, all leading to multiple representations and meanings. I argue that it is important that the development of urban public space, as part of a larger, often despatialized public sphere, addresses these tensions and contributes to the emergence of an urbanism which promotes social integration and tolerance.
Author(s): Madanipour A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design
Print publication date: 01/01/1999
ISSN (print): 0265-8135
ISSN (electronic): 1472-3417
Publisher: Pion Ltd.
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