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By Georgiana Varna

Within the swiftly increasing public area debate of the previous few years, a habitual subject matter is the 'loss of publicness' of latest city public areas. This e-book takes up the problem to discover an aim approach to turn out or disprove this phenomenon. by means of taking the reader via a scientific and multi-disciplinary literature assessment it asks the deceptively easy query: 'What is publicness?' It solutions this through first constructing a brand new theoretical method - 'The twin nature of public space', and secondly a brand new analytical device for measuring it - 'The famous person version of Publicness'. This pragmatic method of analysing public house is verified then on 3 new public areas lately created at the post-industrial waterfront of the River Clyde, within the urban of Glasgow, united kingdom. by way of seeing the place and why yes public areas fail, direct and trained interventions should be made to enhance them and during this give a contribution to the development of extra appealing and sustainable cities.By adopting a multi-disciplinary method of make clear this 'slippery' notion, this e-book indicates how city layout can supplement different disciplines whilst tackling the complicated activity of knowing and enhancing the outfitted environment's public realm. It additionally bridges the distance among conception and perform because it attracts from empirical learn to indicate extra quantitative techniques in the direction of auditing and bettering public areas.

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Brave New Neighborhoods, The privatization of Public Space (2004) Public space 1 4 Definitions This book coins the phrase urban public space, which is used to mean all the physical space and social relations that determine the use of that space within the non-private realm of cities. ’Urban public space’ includes formal squares, roads and streets, but also vacant land, verges and other ‘edge-space’. It includes all space that has accepted communal access or use rights, whether in public, private, communal or unknown ownership; a common property resource, but one whose boundaries may change over time.

2 Gehl, J. and Gemzǿe, L. New City Spaces (1999) Public space 9 Tibbalds, F. Making People Friendly Towns (1992) Public realm Public place Public and Private Spaces of the City (2003) Public space /public place and public sphere/ public realm 10 Madanipour, A. 11 Orum, A. and Neal, Z. : Readings and Reflections Public space on Public Space (2010) Definitions … precisely the presence of other people, activities, events, inspiration, and stimulation comprise one of the most important qualities of public spaces altogether.

It encompasses: all the streets, squares and other rights of way, whether predominantly in residential, commercial or community/civic uses; the open spaces and parks; the open countryside, the ‘public/private’ spaces both internal and external where public access is welcomed – if controlled – such as private shopping centres or rail and bus stations; and the interiors of key public and civic buildings such as libraries, churches, or town halls. (2008: 4) Public space (narrowly defined) relates to all those parts of the built and natural environment where the public has free access.

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