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Public space in an age of austerity

Carmona, M; Sandkjær Hanssen, G; Lamm, B; Nylund, K; Saglie, I-L; Tietjen, A; (2019) Public space in an age of austerity. URBAN DESIGN International , 24 (4) pp. 241-259. 10.1057/s41289-019-00082-w. (In press). Green open access

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Through an overview of the decade 2008 to 2017, and looking comparatively across four northern European cities, this paper refects on the changing nature of public space during these austerity years and on the processes of shaping public spaces. The paper draws from the experiences of London, Copenhagen, Malmo and Oslo to explore processes of the design, development, use and management of public spaces during this period. The evidence suggests that we have witnessed a period of signifcant innovation, side by side with major challenges to the collective approach to public spaces. This has led to distinct forms of public spaces that for good or ill have multiplied as a result of the trends discussed in the paper, spaces of; expectation; the private/public sphere; spectacle; respite; infrastructure; diversion; income generation; security; the ephemeral city; community control; occupation; disadvantage; and decline. Episodes of changing practice are set out in the paper and cumulatively reveal distinct and signifcant changes during the austerity era, although not necessarily in the manner that might have been expected. Instead, in these four cities, the impact of austerity seems to have been eclipsed by other evolving and competing public policy goals, and by the evolving range of public space types

Type: Article
Title: Public space in an age of austerity
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1057/s41289-019-00082-w
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41289-019-00082-w
Language: English
Additional information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: Public space, Austerity, Innovation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10076668
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