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The “public-isation” of private space–towards a charter of public space rights and responsibilities

Carmona, M; (2021) The “public-isation” of private space–towards a charter of public space rights and responsibilities. Journal of Urbanism 10.1080/17549175.2021.1887324. Green open access

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Abstract

There has been much written about the “privatisation of public space”. This paper explores and challenges these narratives by questioning whether we have seen a privatisation at all. Through an analysis of historic and contemporary data, it concludes that, in London at least, we have actually witnessed the reverse, a “public-isation of private space”. The paper goes on to ask what are the management implications of the trend? It finds that the negative associations around privatisation are often misplaced and that public-isation processes have the potential to deliver a substantial net gain to society. At the same time, the public interest management implications are just as real for public-isation as for privatisation processes. Through action research the idea of public authorities adopting a charter of public space rights and responsibilities is tested in order that the potential benefits of public space projects are captured and negative impacts avoided.

Type: Article
Title: The “public-isation” of private space–towards a charter of public space rights and responsibilities
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17549175.2021.1887324
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/17549175.2021.1887324
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Public space, privatisation, public-isation, charter, publicness
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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/10130174
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