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Why are the design and development of public spaces significant for cities?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ali MadanipourORCiD


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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.

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Author(s): Madanipour A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design

Year: 1999

Volume: 26

Issue: 6

Pages: 879-891

Print publication date: 01/01/1999

ISSN (print): 0265-8135

ISSN (electronic): 1472-3417

Publisher: Pion Ltd.


DOI: 10.1068/b260879


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